Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA) announced today a nationwide campaign focused on educating families, businesses and state and local lawmakers about the benefits of energy and the critical role it plays in everyday lives and budgets. “Campaign for America’s Energy” will focus on continuing to hold the energy industry to a higher safety standard while bringing greater awareness to public officials, leaders, and communities about how rejecting or delaying energy production, delivery, and diversity hurts lower-income households and those on fixed incomes.
The launch of this national movement, aimed at balancing and depoliticizing the energy discussion, will give families and elected officials a balanced perspective to help advance policies that support energy production and delivery, as well as environmental standards. The effort will comprise a full-scale awareness program that includes new educational websites, media, community and stakeholder outreach, targeted digital advocacy efforts, and grassroots events and activities.
CEA’s campaign comes at a critical time when Americans, on average, spend more than $3,500 annually on energy-related costs. For a low-income consumer living at the poverty line, that could mean up to 29 percent of their individual income. According to the Census Bureau, more than 40 million Americans live in poverty, and 13.5 million are out of work or searching for full-time jobs.
“Energy should be a non-partisan issue because it is something that both impacts and sustains everyone. Protecting the environment is also a non-partisan issue because everyone wants a cleaner environment,” said David Holt, president of CEA. “Through new advancements in technology and innovation, everyone wins, because we can make energy more affordable and provide a healthy model for energy production that protects our environment and improves our communities.”
Holt added: “Americans shouldn’t have to choose between heating and cooling their homes, buying their next meal or filling their next medical prescription, yet too many are having to do just that. We agree that the environment is vital to our future, and we’ll continue to hold industry to higher standards. Pushing energy companies to innovate, reduce emissions and improve performance are all must-dos. But we must also diversify our resources, improve energy security, and lower prices – and we’re calling on Democrats and Republicans to join us in support of both issues.”
CEA, a national advocacy organization representing varied types of consumers like families, manufacturers, agriculture, transporters, distributors, energy producers, renewables and a variety of other industries, focuses on helping ensure stable prices and energy security for households across the country. The organization pushes energy companies to innovate and improve performance while supporting energy independence and a diversification of our energy resources, including renewables like solar and wind.
For more information, visit ConsumerEnergyAlliance.org. An example of a state campaign site can be found here.
About Consumer Energy Alliance
Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA) brings together families, farmers, small businesses, distributors, producers and manufacturers to support America’s energy future. With more than 450,000 members nationwide, our mission is to help ensure stable prices and energy security for households across the country. We believe energy development is something that touches everyone in our nation, and thus it is necessary for all of us to actively engage in the conversation about how we develop our diverse energy resources and energy’s importance to the economy. Learn more at ConsumerEnergyAlliance.org.
Consumer Energy Alliance
Emily Haggstrom, 720-582-0242