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Energy and Environmental Policy (E2P) at the Independence Institute

By all measures, life is better. Because of our ability to safely, responsibly and efficiently develop natural resources, our standard of living is up, life expectancy is up, and our environment is cleaner. Individuals prosper while also enjoying a healthy planet. If we create an atmosphere where human potential flourishes and we dare to imagine, then everyone can reap the benefits of affordable, reliable, abundant, and safe power and revel in the beauty of a thriving environment.

Our Vision

Access to affordable, reliable, abundant, safe energy and a clean environment are not mutually exclusive. At E2P we envision a Colorado where every person is in control of his or her own energy and environmental destiny. Private property owners are in the best position to protect their land and environment, and the choice of energy resources and how they are utilized should come from the demands of an innovative and free market.

What is the role of government? To remain neutral, let markets work, let individuals innovate, limit regulations, and refrain from picking winners and losers.

Our Principles

  • People first
  • Celebrate prosperity
  • Innovation over regulation
  • Commonsense conservation
  • Primacy of private property rights
  • Results over rhetoric
  • Reject cynicism

 

Free Market Energy and Environmental Policy

  • Embraces our entrepreneurial spirit and optimism that we can have affordable power, responsible domestic energy development, and a clean environment.
  • Puts individuals in the driver’s seat and allows them to control their own energy future.
  • Lets the choice of energy resources come from the demands of the free market, and not from the preferences of policymakers, lobbyists, or special interest groups.
  • Champions private property rights.
  • Challenges the 80-year-old, monopoly utility model of electricity generation and distribution.
  • Puts states ahead of Washington, D.C.
  • Encourages limited and consistent regulations.
  • Rejects taxpayer funded subsidies.
  • Doesn’t pick winners and losers.
  • Welcomes transparency.

 

Latest Posts

  • Wasted in Denver Abstract of Study Brief on Denver's Contract for Waste Disposal

    • June 10, 2004

    IB-2004-O (June 2004) Author: Beth Skinner PDF of full Issue Backgrounder Scribd version of full Issue Backgrounder Executive Summary Across the nation, cities that have switched from monopolies to open market systems for solid waste collection and disposal have, almost without exception, enjoyed better service, lower prices and a better-compensated workforce. On December 22, 1997,

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  • Let Colorado Water Markets Work

    • March 10, 2004

    IP-6-2004 (March 2004) Author: J. Craig Green PDF of full Issue Paper Scribd version of full Issue Paper Introduction For 150 years, Colorado Water Law has been developed with a healthy respect for property rights – protecting the prior rights to water use established by the hard work of those who came before. Most attempts

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  • The False Panacea of Renewable Energy

    • February 10, 2004

    IB-2004-B (February 2004) Author: The Center for the American Dream PDF of full Issue Backgrounder Scribd version of full Issue Backgrounder Renewable energy — wind, solar, hydro, and biomass — is advertised as superior to coal, gas, and other non-renewables. But renewable energy comes at a high environmental and economic cost. Moreover, government subsidies to

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  • The False Panacea of Renewable Energy

    • February 5, 2004

    Renewable energy sources such as wind, hydro, solar, and biomass are viewed by many as superior to coal, gas, and other non-renewables. Eventually, some or all of these forms of energy may be viable. However, government subsidies and incentives for renewables can create more problems than they solve.

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  • Should Colorado Go Green?

    • March 12, 2003

    Some Colorado politicians are attempting to develop policies to promote renewable energies (so-called green energies)* because of the perceived health and environmental risks of coal and natural gas power. Pro-green advocates often claim that renewable energies are more efficient than traditional energy generation technologies.

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  • Should Colorado Go Green?

    • March 10, 2003

    Analyzing and Debunking the Myths of Colorado’s Renewable Energy Policy IP-5-2003 (March 2003) Author: Matthew R. Edgar PDF of full Issue Paper Scribd version of full Issue Paper Executive Summary Some Colorado politicians are attempting to develop policies to promote renewable energies (so-called green energies)* because of the perceived health and environmental risks of coal

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