National Energy Grassroots Campaign Launched

By April 6, 2006Energy

Yesterday, in conjunction with the American Chemistry Council, the American Forest and Paper Association, the Agricultural Energy Alliance and a host of other manufacturers and consumers, we launched the Consumer Alliance for Energy Security (CAES). Together, we will be calling on Congress to move on legislation that will allow us to tap our own domestic supplies of energy.

As it is, manufacturers use about a third of all the natural gas in the US, so as prices have spiked (to the highest in the world), we pay dearly. All the while, we sit on 420 trillion cubic feet of it in the Outer Continental Shelf. In data released today, the public — by 3 to 1 — supports opening the OCS to exploration.

The chemical industry alone has lost 100,000 jobs because of rising prices. There are 120 chemical plants being built in the US. Only one is being built in the US. Other industries — like paper, plastic and fertilizer, among others — have all been hammered by high energy prices that weigh down our ability to compete.

In any event, here’s a link to the press release put out yesterday by the coalition and here’s a link to the new CAES website. Lots of good info there. Better still, you can click here to weigh in with your elected representatives on this most important issue.

Join the discussion 2 Comments

  • Kat Snodgrass says:

    The coalition web site actually has revolving photos on the home page- one of a family cooking, one of a mother and her child and one of a farmer — so the stock photo you saw isn’t static. However, you do raise a very good point that the organization is more than just about promoting ethanol, it’s about all the consumers who need adequate and affordable energy supplies.

  • Ron Reisman says:

    I just logged on to the CAES website, and my first reaction on seeing the homepage photo of the man standing in the corn field was that this organization is about the promotion of ethanol (my second reaction was wondering how the guy was talking on his cell phone in the middle of a corn field when I can’t get reception in a major metropolitan area). I realize that natural gas is a feedstock for fertilizer that makes corn grow, but maybe the folks at CAES could find a stock photo for the home page that better relates to the organization’s mission.