David Holt is President of Consumer Energy Alliance, serving in this position since January 2006. As the voice of the energy consumer, Consumer Energy Alliance works to increase domestic energy production and reduce consumer energy prices. CEA seeks to motivate and provide a voice for consumers interested in vital public issues, such as responsible access to available natural resources; power generation; impact of energy prices on business, agriculture and consumers; development of a robust, domestic renewable energy industry; and utilization of new technologies that allow for higher levels of energy efficiency and conservation. With more than 220 consumer and energy affiliate organizations representing every sector of the American economy, and 300,000-plus consumer advocates, Consumer Energy Alliance continues to expand dialogue and develop joint messaging among the energy and consuming sectors through its various activities. David is a Professor with Norway’s Nordland University Graduate School of Business, Master of Science in Energy Management Program, in cooperation with the International Institute of Energy Policy & Diplomacy at the MGIMO University in Moscow, Russia. He serves on the board of Consumer Energy Education Foundation and the St Anne Foundation. David is also a member of the Texas Bar Association and the Houston Bar Association.

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Ignoring Energy Policy Could Be a Campaign Mistake

Pick a poll, any poll – CBS News/New York Times, ABC News/Washington Post, CNN/ORC, NBC News/Wall Street Journal, Quinnipiac University, Gallup. There’s a prevailing trend: The economy remains the No. 1 issue American voters care the most about. And that’s clearly not going to change between now and ...

Speak Up for Safe Offshore Drilling

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The Top Five Energy Stories of 2015

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Protecting Royalty Owners Helps Protect the Economy

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Commentary: The Skills Gap – And What We Can All Do About It

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Legal Challenges to Clean Power Plan Down (slightly), But Not Out

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Federal Permitting Reform Should Apply to Keystone XL

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