Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA), a national advocate for energy consumers, released the following statement after the Department of the Interior (DOI) announced their new draft proposed five-year offshore leasing plan – which includes areas in the Arctic, Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico. David Holt, President of CEA, said:
“CEA applauds the Trump administration and the Department of the Interior for proposing expanded energy development opportunities as part of a rational, balanced, all-of-the-above energy policy. Today’s proposal recognizes that American energy is critical to maintaining low energy prices for families across the nation, and for U.S. leadership for innovation and technology toward continued environmental progress.
“In addition to providing tens of thousands of higher-paying jobs and adding billions of dollars to the American economy, increasing offshore production will help keep gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel prices affordable for cash-strapped families and small businesses, reduce our dependence on foreign rivals, bolster domestic exports, and enhance our energy security well into the future.
“And thanks to record advancements in safety procedures, regulations and technology, Americans can be confident that such development will be done safely and responsibly. Growing our economy and safeguarding the environment can – and do – go hand in hand. The only choice is to stop the political posturing so we can work together on real energy and environmental solutions. Today, we took a big step in doing just that.”
Over the past five years, CEA and its members have sent the Department of Interior more than 1.5 million letters business leaders, families and allied organizations nationwide in support of a sensible offshore leasing & environmental program.