WASHINGTON, D.C. — Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA), a national advocate for families and businesses who rely on safe and affordable energy, is pleased to announce that the CEA Energy Consumer Protection Pledge has passed a new milestone – with 250 local, state and federal candidates now having signed the pledge. CEA’s Consumer Energy Pledge is a way for officeholders and candidates to show their support for an all-of-the-above energy policy that protects the environment while benefitting American households and small businesses. CEA believes that with sound energy and environmental policies, decision makers can help all families, especially those living at or below the poverty line, as well as small businesses trying to make payroll, by continuing to create access to affordable and reliable energy.
This non-partisan initiative signed by Democrats, Republicans, and candidates from third-party groups was introduced by CEA in April 2018. Since then, the number of Pledge signers from across the country has substantially increased. CEA will continue to identify elected officials and candidates – regardless of party affiliation – who recognize that both affordable energy costs and the environment are vital to communities across the nation.
“With a major election season underway, and recent polling showing that 92 percent of the nation supports a safe, bipartisan policy that promotes American energy self-sufficiency, CEA believes voters have a right to know how their local, state and federal candidates feel about key energy and environmental issues,” said David Holt, President of CEA. “Energy is a non-partisan issue. It impacts every man, woman, and child, regardless of political affiliation. By signing the non-partisan Energy Consumer Pledge, candidates of all parties are sending a clear message to their constituents about where they stand on these issues and their commitment to sensible energy and environmental solutions.”
Holt added, “Too much of the recent energy debate has divided the nation, forcing a false choice between energy solutions and environmental protection. Voters would be wise to choose candidates who support balanced policies, regardless of party. We all support greater environmental protection, but we must have viable, diverse energy solutions, too.”
Signers of CEA’s Pledge agree that supporting sensible energy and environmental solutions benefits all Americans.
“I’m honored to be a signer of CEA’s pledge to support an all-of-the-above energy strategy that protects the environment and takes into consideration the benefits energy provides to households and small businesses,” stated Florida Representative Jason Fischer. “A sound energy policy, nationally and here in the Sunshine State, will help all Florida families and small business have access to affordable and reliable energy.”
“From Columbus to Washington, D.C., the discussion needs to center on energy solutions. What are we doing to meet the needs of our families, small businesses and communities?” said Brett Hillyer, a candidate to represent Ohio’s 98th State House District. “With energy resources bringing consumer savings and an increase in economic investment and job creation, I support CEA’s Pledge and look forward to continuing to discuss how we can best make energy affordable and safe for everyone in Ohio.” CEA looks forward to more policy and decision makers signing the Pledge and have called for more officials to consider being a part of this important debate.
“Do you believe the environment should be protected and preserved as part of energy production and development?” Holt asked. “Should responsible energy solutions be supported instead of just saying no? How can we meet our energy needs to lower prices, create jobs and protect our environment? These are critical questions that should drive thoughtful, civil discussions this election season, and consumers on both sides of the political aisle deserve good answers.”
CEA’s Energy Consumer Protection Pledge and Campaign for America’s Energy movement target the forgotten voices in the energy discussion — American families and businesses who deserve responsible energy solutions and sensible energy prices.
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 500,000 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.