Why Energy Policies Matter in This Coming Election

Why Energy Policies Matter in This Coming Election

Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA) announced a new effort by their nationwide Campaign for America's Energy initiative, in June. The initiative reminds voters about the importance of energy in their daily lives and encourages them to consider candidates' stances on energy production and infrastructure when they head to the polls. The Campaign focuses on educating families, businesses and state and local lawmakers about the benefits of energy and the critical role it plays in everyday lives and budgets. This effort begins as the organization, with its 500,000-plus national members, countdown to Election Day.

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CEAs emphasis on the implications of energy policies on families and small businesses comes when most Americans live paycheck to paycheck and households, on average, spend more than $3,500 annually on energy-related costs. More than 40 million Americans live in poverty and 13.5 million are out of work or searching for full-time jobs, according to the United States Census Bureau. The percentage of their take-home pay that goes towards utility and fuel expenses is in the double digits.

This is why CEA has recently expanded its campaign to New Mexico to bring greater attention to the state's desire to improve its business climate, provide more jobs, and help the state's most underserved families afford energy. For a low-income New Mexican living at or near the poverty line, energy costs can reach over 47 percent of their individual income, nearly 8 times the amount that experts consider to be affordable. These expenses often burden households who can least afford them. According to a 2018 data analysis by the United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service, there are 454,021 New Mexico residents living on food stamps. 

“As voters begin thinking about their choices for Election Day this fall, they need to remember that without reasonable energy solutions, their costs for electricity, heating, cooling and gasoline rise,” David Holt, President of CEA, said. “Unfortunately, those most impacted by energy price increases are those living on a fixed income or living paycheck to paycheck. The good news is that in many states – including New Mexico, thanks to abundant, low-cost, energy, families and businesses don’t have to go far to get the resources they need to help lower their bills. Voters really need to consider issues, like energy, that can directly affect them when they go to the polls this November.”

From now through November, CEA will increase awareness throughout its current campaign states to ensure voters understand that, regardless of party affiliation, it is important they confirm the candidate they're voting for agrees with their energy priorities. CEA now includes New Mexico in its rounds, apart from the 11 other states including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohia, Pennsylvalnia, South Caroline, Virginia and West Virginia.  

About Consumer Energy Alliance

Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA)'s mission is to help ensure stable prices and energy security for households across the country. We believe energy development is something that touches everyone in our nation, and thus it is necessary for all of us to actively engage in the conversation about how we develop our diverse energy resources and energy's importance to the economy.