U.S. Supreme Court

Leading Consumer Energy Advocate Applauds Decision to Halt Anti-Energy, Anti-Business “Green Wall”

Washington, D.C.Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA), the leading voice for sensible energy policies for families and businesses, applauds the U.S. Supreme Court for ruling in a 7-2 decision throwing out a 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling that blocked the Forest Service’s right to authorize the Atlantic Coast Pipeline’s passage hundreds of feet underneath the Appalachian Trail.

CEA’s President and CEO David Holt said:

“On behalf of working families, seniors, small businesses and farmers across nation, we are pleased the Supreme Court ruled overwhelmingly in favor of overturning the 4th Circuit’s misguided ruling, which would have created an absurd 2,200-mile ‘green wall’ hampering natural gas development on the East Coast. This common-sense decision will ensure the supply of much-needed energy for consumers to power and heat their homes, and get our skilled trades back to work – something that’s desperately needed during these challenging times. CEA has been a longtime supporter of Atlantic Coast Pipeline as it will help lower energy bills and provide critically needed supplies of natural gas to underserved areas near Hampton Roads and Eastern North Carolina.”

“Now more than ever, it’s time for anti-energy groups to stop playing political games that fail to improve our environment, and serve only to make energy more expensive for families, businesses and consumers, using contorted legal theories that stretch credulity and good sense with the sole mission of stopping the development of energy infrastructure.”

“Energy delivered by pipelines help make up just about everything that touches our lives on a daily basis and helps power every American industry. During this time of increased economic turmoil caused by the COVID-19 virus, we must recognize the importance of energy and pipeline infrastructure like the Atlantic Coast Pipeline as must-have ingredients for a thoughtful, environmentally-responsible, robust and growing economy – perhaps the most important ingredients.”