WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Interior Department launched the development of a new leasing program for the nation’s offshore oil and natural gas resources. Following the announcement, Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA) President David Holt released the following statement:

“Any successful plan to secure our long-term energy and economic future must include adequate access to the nation’s federal waters. For too long, artificially-imposed federal barriers have needlessly limited domestic energy projects that would create jobs, grow the economy, enhance our national security and provide price relief to American families, especially those struggling to make ends meet and living on fixed incomes. That is why today’s action is welcome news to families and businesses across America who depend on affordable and reliable energy. “CEA applauds the new approach and the significant steps being taken by the federal government to reevaluate these unnecessary barriers and enhance the nation’s role as an energy leader. CEA looks forward to engaging with families, businesses and communities across the country as a new offshore program is developed.”

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