Conservative Leaders Across the Nation Discuss Energy Policy with Members of Congress During 3rd Annual Fly-In


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May 4, 2021 – LANSING, Mich. – This week, the Conservative Energy Network (CEN), a coalition of 21 state-based conservative clean energy organizations, will conduct more than 65 learning sessions with Members of Congress and their staff. This is CEN’s third annual fly-in in collaboration with Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions (CRES). Meeting attendees will include CEN’s state directors as well as respected conservative leaders from across the CEN Network.

The meetings will focus on energy independence, innovation, free markets, and the future impact of clean technology. Previous polling commissioned by CEN has shown that 84% of voters support the government taking action to accelerate the development of clean energy. When it comes to accelerating the development of clean energy, 63% of voters want smart government action that favors market-based competition over increased regulation. Those that want to see a transition toward a clean energy future overwhelmingly prefer government approaches that favor market-based innovation and competition.

“The strength of our organization lies in the educational work of our state leaders,” said Mark Pischea, CEN president & CEO. “Whether it’s discussing sensible infrastructure investments or pushing back against heavy-handed government mandates, there is much for our fly-in participants to discuss with their elected representatives. We are thrilled to once again partner with CRES to showcase state-based conservative support for a market-based transition to a cleaner, more efficient future that is free from burdensome government regulations.”

“A Republican vision for the expansion of clean energy means low energy prices, more energy choices, more American jobs, exporting more American innovation, less emissions and a booming economy,” said Heather Reams, CRES executive director. “Conservatives understand the important role clean energy holds in our economy, national security, infrastructure, and as part of an all-of-the-above energy mix that prioritizes lowering emissions while keeping government mandates limited. This is the message that will be communicated to lawmakers this week.”

The virtual fly-in learning sessions will take place May 4-6, 2021. The fly-in will include participants representing Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.