Cruz, Scalise, McCarthy Among 141 Political Leaders Signing ‘Declaration of Energy Independence’

By Craig Bannister | July 9, 2020 | 1:24pm EDT
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The nation’s current “energy renaissance” must be maintained in order to ensure that Americans have access to affordable energy and jobs, as well as to protect national security, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) said in a statement touting a pro-energy group’s “Declaration of Energy Independence” he signed.

On July 2, in advance of this year’s Independence Day, one hundred and forty-one political leaders from across the country signed The Empowerment Alliance’s (TEA) Declaration of Energy Independence.

The document begins by invoking the nation’s Declaration of Independence celebrated on the Fourth of July:

“Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness are the inalienable Rights in our Declaration of Independence. We fought for and secured these Rights and grew a nation bountiful in natural resources. The ingenuity and hard work of the American people have brought us to another self-evident truth: Energy Independence is within our grasp.”

Affordable, clean, and abundant energy is the birthright of every American.

 “American energy producers have ushered in an energy renaissance and made the United States the number one producer of oil and gas in the world,” Sen. Cruz said, noting the importance of energy independence:

“Maintaining our energy dominance is key to ensuring American families have access to affordable energy and it’s imperative for our national security. In the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic, it’s become even more important to support America’s energy producers to spur economic growth, lower energy costs, help employ thousands of hardworking men and women, and increase America’s energy independence. In the Senate, I am committed to standing with American energy producers and continuing our energy renaissance.”

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) were among the 17 members of Congress to sign the declaration, in addition to 15 state attorneys general. A full list of signers can be viewed here.

TEA’s Declaration of Energy Independence represents a commitment to four primary goals:

1.       Affordable Energy

2.       Clean Energy

3.       Abundant Energy, and

4.       Domestic Energy Production

On its website, TEA bills itself as a natural gas advocate providing a “more realistic, rational and effective” alternative to Democrats’ “Green New Deal” proposal:

“The Empowerment Alliance will harness the power of American ingenuity, the tenets of our free market system, and the abundance of our nation’s natural gas supply to forge a more realistic, rational, and effective approach to energy consumption and environmental conservation than the risky tax scheme known as the ‘Green New Deal.’”

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