Best Practices

Energy development is a high-impact activity that presents opportunities and challenges for state and local governments, and there are clear lessons for how to reconcile job and revenue benefits with the impacts of rapid industrialization and population growth.

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Time to Create a Natural Resources Trust

— Unlike most countries and state governments, the U.S. has not created a natural resources trust which could help meet volatility and spending challenges facing local and county governments.

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Mark Haggerty
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Time for a U.S. Natural Resources Trust?

— Compared to other nations and even U.S. states, the federal government is a conspicuous laggard in creating a natural resources trust which would allow for stable, permanent, and ever rising payments to states and local governments without risks to taxpayers.

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How Is Fracking Shaping Your Community and Economy?

— Monitoring can help local governments better understand the socioeconomic impacts caused by energy development, and support requests to industry and state government for assistance to implement appropriate mitigation.

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Fiscal Lessons for State and Local Governments

— This report explores the challenges for states and local communities caused by unconventional oil and natural gas development, and fiscal best practices that address them.

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Fossil Fuel Extraction and Western Economies

— This study analyzes the fossil fuel economy in five Rocky Mountain states—CO, MT, NM, UT, and WY—and how states and communities can maximize benefits and minimize the costs of energy development.

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