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An Energy Agenda for 2016

Presidential candidates from both parties are outlining their positions on the issues in an attempt to attract voters. Energy Citizens need to make sure that the men and women running for president are forthright on what the candidates will do about energy.

What should these candidates focus on?

In the Pittsburgh Tribune, Jeffrey Kupfer, former acting deputy secretary of the Department of Energy, outlines some federal policies that would be very beneficial for our nation:

First, the federal government needs to loosen the restrictions on exports of oil and natural gas. Virtually every study concludes that ending the 40-year-old ban on crude oil exports would actually lower gasoline prices by at least a few cents per gallon. Allowing oil exports and liberalizing LNG exports would add hundreds of billions of dollars to our economy every year.

Second, the federal government needs to reduce overregulation. While we need sensible rules that protect human health and the environment, the federal government must not overstep its bounds. The Obama administration's so-called Clean Power Plan, for instance, not only imposes its vision of how everyone should produce and use energy, but it is also likely to increase electricity costs and threaten reliability.

Third, we need to upgrade our energy infrastructure and implement an efficient permitting system that looks at the merits of a project, not the politics. The Keystone pipeline is Exhibit A. No project should take seven years to review. Because of the delay, we have failed to capitalize on billions of dollars in new investment and tens of thousands of new jobs.

Taking these steps would create jobs, grow our economy, help consumers, and increase revenue for governments at the federal, state, and local levels. We need to see presidential candidates embracing these ideas, along with other pro-development policies, over the course of the campaign.


Let’s Keep Washington Out of Our Gas Tanks!

The Obama administration will soon announce next year’s RFS requirement. We need to tell President Obama to stop playing politics and ask the EPA to set reasonable limits on the amount of ethanol that can be blended into our fuel supply. 

Not only could the ethanol mandate damage engines, it could increase the costs of consumer goods and hurt small businesses. 

Take a moment to send a letter today. Encourage your friends to do the same by posting on Facebook and Twitter. You can also spread the word by downloading and sharing the infographics below.

Tell President Obama: Stay out of our gas tanks

President Obama’s EPA will soon announce next year’s RFS requirement. Make your voice heard before the decision is announced.

It’s time for President Obama to stop playing politics and tell the EPA to set reasonable limits on the amount of ethanol that can be blended into our fuel supply. Take a moment to send a letter today

Not only can ethanol blends above 10% damage engines not warrantied for higher-ethanol fuel blends, it could increase the costs of consumer goods and hurt small businesses. We need to keep Washington out of our gas tanks – tell President Obama and the EPA to fix the RFS

One year from today...

We’re just one year away from an election that will be a turning point for our nation—and for American energy.

Will we elect a President and Congress who support American energy development and our progress toward energy security? Or will we elect a government that further impedes domestic energy development?

Now is the time to start building for a strong pro-energy vote in 2016. And we need all Energy Citizens to start encouraging energy to be a central campaign focus. We’re just not hearing enough about energy from the presidential candidates of both parties. Highlight energy when you talk to others about the elections. And if you attend campaign events—such as fundraisers, house parties, town halls, and so on—ask questions about energy.

You can also connect with us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to see the latest facts, articles, and infographics on American energy—and be sure to share with friends and family!

It’s not just national elections that will impact energy policy. In many states, we could see ballot measures that try to ban local energy development. Help get the word out that we need to stop bad energy policies when we cast our vote.

You’ll be hearing more from us in the coming months about the election. Stay tuned—and thank you for being part of Energy Citizens.

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