Is ALEC Behind Push In Iowa Legislature To Gut Clean Energy Policies?

ALECorIOWAMatt Sinovic
Executive Director | Progress Iowa

Groups Expose Assault By ALEC Fossil Fuel & Utility Members on Clean Energy and Environmental Regulations

Through the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), fossil fuel and utility interests are pushing a comprehensive agenda to eliminate environmental and public health regulations, and gut pro-clean energy policies across the country. ALEC’s Energy, Environment, and Agriculture Task Force has proposed model legislation and is now appearing in state legislatures, to:

•       Rollback renewable energy policies by weakening or eliminating Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS).

•       Weaken solar net metering policies by gutting compensation for homeowners who transmit solar power to the electricity grid.

•       Create loopholes in disclosure rules for hydraulic fracturing (fracking), allowing drilling companies to hide chemicals used in the controversial process from the public.

•       Reject regulation of greenhouse gas emissions by the Environmental Protection Agency, allowing utilities to continue polluting our air and water.

There will be a tele-press briefing with pro-clean energy and environmental experts to hear about where ALEC’s pro-corporate energy agenda is appearing in state legislatures this year.

Who:   Aliya Haq, Climate Program Special Projects Director, NRDC

Brant Olson, Campaigns Manager, Forecast the Facts

Connor Gibson, Reseacher, Greenpeace

Gabe Elsner, Executive Director, Energy & Policy Institute

Steve Horn, Research Fellow, DeSmogBlog

What:  Tele-press conference call on ALEC’s fossil fuel and utility members’ comprehensive assault on clean energy and environmental regulations. Speakers will detail efforts happening now in state legislatures to gut clean air regulations, stop pro-clean energy policies, and restrict disclosure of fracking chemicals.

When: Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 1:30 PM CT

How:   Reporters should register at to join the call.


DeSmogBlog exists to clear the PR pollution that is clouding the science on climate change.Energy & Policy Institute performs research and analysis on lobbyists, front groups, and politicians working to expand our reliance on fossil fuels and slow the development of a clean energy economy.Forecast the Facts is a grassroots movement to spread the truth about climate change. Greenpeace is the leading independent campaigning organization that uses peaceful protest and creative communication to expose global environmental problems and to promote solutions that are essential to a green and peaceful future. Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is a national environmental action group that combines the expertise of more than 350 lawyers, scientists and other professionals with the power of 1.4 million members and online activists.

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