HOUSTON, TX: Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA) applauds recommendations released today by the Bipartisan Policy Center, which called on the Obama Administration to create a National Energy Security Council and a companion Quadrennial Energy Review to provide a forward-looking national energy strategy that has eluded every U.S. President since Richard Nixon.
The recommendation was prepared under the leadership of such influential decision-makers as former Senator Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.), former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.), former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator William Reilly and former National Security Adviser Gen. James l. Jones.
CEA President David Holt offered this statement regarding the announcement:
“The Bipartisan Policy Center hit the nail on the head. Our current efforts to establish a U.S. energy agenda is like an orchestra without a conductor. Now, more than ever, dedicated federal leadership is needed for this critical task. Developing such a strategy is the single most important action we can take to ensure our economy remains competitive for generations to come.
“A newfound abundance of conventional resources is resulting in significant increases to personal income while supporting an uptick in U.S. manufacturing. At the same time, over the last four years the percentage of U.S. electricity needs generated by renewables has doubled.
“Now is the time for the President to lead the way on energy. If the President truly wants to achieve an ‘all of the above’ energy approach this bipartisan plan is the most constructive way to begin that conversation.”