The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a conservative policy group, has helped state lawmakers craft measures aimed at curtailing US air pollution rules, repealing cap and trade, and teaching climate skepticism in schools, among many other things. A future target could be renewable energy mandates, which exist in more than half of US states, reports Maria Gallucci at InsideClimate News. “I expect the issue to be discussed at one of our upcoming task force meetings,” Todd Wynn of ALEC told Gallucci. “Discussions within the task force can, and do, lead to the development of ALEC model bills.” The policy group is composed of nearly 2,000 state legislators, mostly Republicans, and some of the country’s most powerful corporations. Among its paying members are the two largest US fossil fuel corporations, ExxonMobil, and the energy conglomerate Koch Industries; and Peabody Energy, the country’s largest coal producer. ALEC drafts model bills and resolutions to reduce government regulation and bolster business interests. Since last fall, lawmakers in nine states have introduced bills to either repeal or weaken clean energy mandates. Big dirty energy might outgun small clean energy. Stay tuned.