New Coalition Seeks Balance in Energy Policy
The Alliance for Energy and Economic Growth (AEEG) last week pushed for the creation of a national energy policy that will strike a balance between meeting long-term consumer demand for reliable energy at reasonable prices and protecting the environment.
AEEG is a new coalition of more than 200 small business owners, economic development groups, manufacturers, electric and natural gas utilities and energy producers.
"With the absence of a national energy policy, it is no wonder there have been shortages and price spikes," said Bruce Josten, executive vice-president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce."Our goal is to ensure more reliable and affordable energy, while protecting the environment."
Josten said a national energy policy must include the following principles:
- Increase energy efficiency and conservation;
- Assure adequate energy supplies and generation;
- Renew and expand the energy infrastructure;
- Encourage investment in new energy technologies;
- Provide energy assistance to low-income households; and
- Assure appropriate consideration of regulatory policy impacts on energy.
"We enjoyed historic economic growth during the past decade, not coincidentally during a time of abundant energy supplies," said National Association of Manufacturers President Jerry Jasinowski. "Now we need to be united in the pursuit of a comprehensive energy policy, just as we are united in our understanding that the United States is facing significant, long-term energy supply problems," he said.
Additional information on AEEG will be posted soon on its new website: www.yourenergyfuture.org
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