Business and labor alliance pressures Senate to act on energy legislation

WASHINGTON, Nov. 1, 2001 – Backed by a thousand business and labor organizations, the Alliance for Energy and Economic Growth today called on the Senate to pass comprehensive energy legislation to help safeguard America’s economic security.

“The events of the past month lend a new urgency to our efforts to increase domestic energy supplies and modernize our nation’s energy infrastructure,” said the Alliance’s chief spokesperson, Bruce Josten, executive vice president for government affairs at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “Our 1,000 members – including labor organizations and energy producers, and small businesses groups – call on the Senate to set aside partisanship and pass a comprehensive energy bill now.”

Labor organizations lent their voice to the call for Congress to act on comprehensive energy legislation. “At a time when the economy is faltering, working men and women all over the country would clearly benefit from a much- needed investment in energy development, storage and transmission,” said Terry Turner, National Political and Legislative Director for the Seafarer’s International Union.

Created just six months ago, the Alliance reached the 1,000-member milestone this week, signaling the strong and growing support for a comprehensive energy plan. Heightened concerns about energy security and a faltering economy have generated increasing interest among labor and business groups in a nationwide effort to increase domestic energy supplies and improve the nation’s energy infrastructure.

“Our growing membership reflects the opinion of more and more Americans all across the political spectrum that we must act now to lessen our dependence on foreign energy sources by addressing the nation’s long-neglected energy needs,” said Harry Alford, president and CEO of the National Black Chamber of Commerce.

Jon Doggett, senior director of the American Farm Bureau Federation, and Karen Kerrigan, founder of the Small Business Survival Committee, were also featured speakers for the broad-based Alliance.

For a copy of the complete Alliance list of more than 1,000 members, visit its website at: .

The Alliance for Energy and Economic Growth is a broad-based coalition of a thousand members representing consumer and community groups, energy companies involved in all phases of energy exploration, production and transmission, and business and labor organizations in every state – all united in support of a comprehensive energy plan.

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