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The American political landscape is deeply divided, but Consumer Energy Alliance President, David Holt, describes why energy issues should be a platform for unity. For many Americans, energy costs can break a budget, and bad policy leaves energy development projects incomplete – including oil, gas, solar, and wind. While partisan politics threaten to divide us, Holt explains, all Americans benefit from good energy policies.

In a divided nation, where partisan politics seems to be becoming the norm, there is one issue that can unite all Americans across the political spectrum. That issue is energy.

Whether we are Republicans, Democrats, independents, conservatives, liberals or moderates, it is safe to say we want to be warm in the winter, cool in the summer, use the lights when we need them, charge our electronics, and make sure our appliances are up and running at home. And when we’re rushing off to work, dropping off our kids at school or at practice, we want to be able to afford the price of a tank of gas.

Across the country, we are spending an annual average of $3,512 per person on energy, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). With the average worker making $48,664 per year, the things we all want – and need – are currently not that attainable for everyone.

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