HOUSTON, TX: Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA) agrees with the decision made by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service not to grant the dunes sagebrush lizard endangered status under the Endangered Species Act. CEA has been an active voice in favor of not classifying the lizards as “endangered” or “threatened,” and recently submitted over 13,000 public comments from consumer-advocates to the Fish and Wildlife Service.

“CEA supports the decision made by the Fish and Wildlife Service,” said CEA President David Holt. “The Department of the Interior has made it clear that they will not make a listing  that jeopardizes domestic energy production on the basis of questionable science and arbitrary rules. We are proud and gratified that the work we and other advocates for energy consumers have done has made such an impact.

“Going forward, we hope that federal regulators and members of the oil and gas industry will continue to work cooperatively to ensure efficient and environmentally responsible energy development proceeds. CEA recognizes the value and necessity of access to domestic energy for our nation’s consumers and applauds the Fish and Wildlife Service for not taking steps that would have, without a doubt, undermined those efforts.”