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Did you know?    Here at The Empowerment Alliance, we love the summer activities of traveling, relaxing in the sun, and grilling out as much as anyone. But these activities are not free. And, unfortunately,...

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Your Weekly Dose of “Common Sense“ Energy News Brought to you by: The Empowerment Alliance July 16th, 2021 Kudos to Sarah Chamberlain, CEO of the Republican Main Street Partnership, for writing an op-ed encouraging Republicans to stop...

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Kudos to Sarah Chamberlain, CEO of the Republican Main Street Partnership, for writing an op-ed encouraging Republicans to stop ceding the climate change debate to Democrats.  Sarah hits the nail on the head:

The GOP has been accused by many of being the “Party of No” when it comes to climate solutions. The truth is that we are saying no to the proposals that sound good, but in reality will have no real effect on global emissions and kill American jobs. Republicans are the “Party of Yes” for solutions that balance emissions reduction with energy needs and grows, instead of hinders, the U.S. economy.

We need the electorate to know that we’re open to talking about carbon capture, tree planting and expansion of nuclear energy, which many of us prefer over wind or solar energy. Many of us do feel that President Joe Biden’s proposals around items like a clean electricity standard sound nice but they won’t have a measurable impact on the problem.

This week’s “common sense” goes to House GOP Whip Steve Scalise and Congressman Bill Johnson for partnering with the Empowerment Alliance (TEA) to kick off our “Summer Drive for Energy Independence” campaign. They join us in pushing for a pro-American, pro-energy message in the face of higher prices on everything that makes an American summer.

Scalise and Johnson, along with over 1,000 other public leaders, have signed on to TEA’s Declaration of Energy Independence since last year advocating for our four pillars of American Energy: Abundant, Affordable, Domestic, and Clean. They promote policies to increase the use of American natural gas to meet our vital energy needs and fight back against unrealistic, untested, unreliable alternatives. 

Did you know? 

Here at The Empowerment Alliance, we love the summer activities of traveling, relaxing in the sun, and grilling out as much as anyone. But these activities are not free. And, unfortunately, the Biden administration’s anti-American energy agenda is making summer activities even more expensive this year.

Americans take an average of three trips over the summer, spending around $2,400. About 90% of American households use A/C, generating an average cost of $147 per person over the summer months. 68% of grill owners said they planned to barbecue on July 4th, and they had to spend more on the food they planned to cook.

The costs for traveling, barbecuing, and air conditioning are on the rise this year:

  • Gas prices will remain at their highest point since 2014, up over $1/gallon from last summer.
  • Americans are predicted to need 1.5% more electricity than they did last summer.
  • The consumer price index for food products is up 2.2% since last May.

The burdensome and politicized regulations that the Biden administration has imposed on U.S. energy producers is costing all of us this summer. That’s why we're focused on the pursuit of American Energy Independence and affordability for everyone, so we can all enjoy this summer while also saving some hard-earned money. For more information, check out our factsheet on summer spending.

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