Conservative approach: Increasing options, lowering costs
CRES is focused on climate policy that will reduce clean energy costs for Americans and U.S. business and increase all possible technological options available to avoid, reduce, capture and sequester greenhouse gases. As a result, locally appropriate solutions can be implemented quickly not just in the U.S., but globally.
Emissions reductions are needed now, therefore CRES is focused on policy that builds off historically successful approaches and includes an all of the above approach to clean energy—the principal reason the U.S. has been able to reduce carbon emissions more than any other country. We call these approaches the 6 Commonsense Climate Pillars.
- STRENGTHEN PRICE SIGNALS FOR MARKETS. A carbon tax isn’t the only or best option for signaling the market. Tax incentives drive investment and reduce emissions.
- SUPPORT INNOVATION. Investments that will help position the U.S. as a global leader.
- REDUCE EMISSIONS ON FEDERAL LANDS. The Federal government can reduce and avoid emissions on federal lands and in federal buildings.
- REDUCE REGULATORY BARRIERS. Level the playing-field so that “all of the above” energy technologies can compete.
- EMPOWER STATES, MUNICIPALITIES, BUSINESSES AND INDIVIDUALS. Improve information to strengthen market-based competition.
- INTERNATIONAL ACCOUNTABILITY. Bring U.S. solutions to the world through aid and trade policy.
CRES also supports policies that achieve the following objectives as noted in our submission to the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis in 2019.