Concerned with the impact that rising fuel costs are having on all companies, ISSA has signed a joint letter to all members of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate, urging immediate action to address the issue. In addition, the association has enlisted as an active member of the Coalition for Affordable American Energy (CAAE)—a group of associations representing thousands of businesses, large and small—in support of Congress taking decisive, effective, and immediate action to greatly increase the development of domestic energy resources in an environmentally sensitive manner.

The letter was sent to all members of Congress, encouraging the adoption of a comprehensive national energy policy that authorizes and encourages domestic production while reducing America’s dependence on foreign sources of oil. Signed by a total of 76 local, national, and international associations, the letter specifically recognizes the significant and growing impact of fuel costs on a company’s bottom line and profitability.

Supporting the same goals, the CAAE seeks to stand as the voice of all businesses that depend on readily available and reasonably priced gasoline and diesel fuel. While the coalition certainly supports initiatives that encourage conservation and the development of renewable and alternative energy sources, its focus is on increasing domestic production and pushing Congress and the administration to adopt a sensible national energy policy.

Please note that the coalition is not intended to enter the debate on specific policies or engage in discussions at the “micro” level.

In response to the letter and the work of the coalition, a number of energy bills have been introduced in the Senate and are expected to be the subject of vigorous debate over the next two weeks. ISSA will continue working with the coalition to push for legislation that is comprehensive and that deals with both the supply and demand sides of the equation, ultimately encouraging increased production, coupled with sensible conservation strategies.