"IFDA shares the goals of the Consumer Energy Alliance, to support thoughtful utilization of all domestic energy resources, help ensure domestic energy security and ultimately, reduce prices for consumers" said Jonathan Eisen, senior vice president of government relations. "If we don't take the steps now to increase domestic energy production, our reliance on foreign imports will translate to higher transportation costs and increased prices for virtually everything we purchase."
After labor and health care costs, the association said its members have identified increasing fuel costs as the industry's third largest expense. IFDA members travel more than 75 million miles a year and consume more than 85.6 million gallons of fuel annually.
IFDA's Director of Government Relations, Heather McTavish Doucet, has been named to the Consumer Energy Alliance's Board of Advisors. CEA was directly responsible for delivering more than 2,400 comments in support of access to the Outer Continental Shelf to the Department of Interior's Minerals Management Services (MMS).