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History and Background of the Alliance for Energy and Economic Growth
Overview: Alliance for Energy and Economic Growth
The Alliance for Energy and Econimic Growth (AEEG) was founded in 2001 and has been a major attack dog on climate and renewable energy policy for the US Chamber of Commerce.
While it is unclear who the founding members of the AEEG are the website registration currently lists both the American Gas Association and the Edison Electric Institute as contacts. The staff email address for the US Chamber of Commerce is listed as the main contact.
The current management team of the AEEG (PDF) includes many of the most influential players in the US energy and transportation lobby, including:
James May, President and Chief Executive Officer, Air Transport Association of America
Dave McCurdy, President & Chief Executive Officer, Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers
David Parker, President and CEO, American Gas Association
Andrew Sharkey, President and Chief Executive Officer, American Iron and Steel Institute
Red Cavaney, President and CEO, American Petroleum Institute
Edward Hamberger, President & CEO, Association of American Railroads
Thomas Kuhn, President, Edison Electric Institute
Donald Santa Jr., President & CEO, Interstate Natural Gas Association of America
Jay Timmons, Executive Vice President, National Association of Manufacturers
Evan Gaddis, President and CEO, National Electrical Manufacturers Association
Kraig Naasz, President and CEO, National Mining Association
Frank Bowman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Nuclear Energy Institute
R. Bruce Josten, Executive Vice President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Alliance for Energy and Economic Growth on Global Warming and Renewable Energy
Since its beginning the AEEG has a history of pushing hard for the expansion of domestic US energy production, while at the same time attacking efforts by the federal government to expand renewable energy use and greenhouse gas emission reductions strategies to fight global warming.
Here's a timeline:
The 2008 AEEG State-to-State Climate Change Tour
The AEEG's Economic Impact Studies