CHARLOTTE, N.C., March 8, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- ClearPath, a private foundation led by conservative entrepreneur Jay Faison, today announced the launch of a digital campaign targeting policymakers to promote its new conservative clean energy agenda. The group also announced opening a Washington, D.C. office and an expanded advisory team.
"The left has owned the clean energy debate for too long and it's time to go on offense with a conservative clean energy agenda," said Jay Faison, ClearPath Founder and CEO. "Clean energy is more than just windmills and solar panels. Natural gas is cutting the most pollution, and nuclear and hydropower produce nearly 80% of our clean energy mix. Conservative clean energy is a winning issue and smart policy that will grow our economy, increase energy security, and reduce pollution."
Digital Campaign Highlights Conservative Clean Energy For Policymakers
A highly targeted seven-figure digital campaign will promote a conservative clean energy agenda and provide policy ideas to transform the national energy debate. The ads direct policymakers to a new ClearPath.org featuring policy analysis and an interactive polling and messaging tool with data down to the state and district level. The campaign and website were created by Anthro Agency based in New York.
Faison is promoting his conservative clean energy vision as the answer to the left's attempt to use big government energy and environment regulations that promote a top-down 'Washington-knows-best' system. The platform is founded on six conservative principles: free markets, small government, innovation, energy security, lower pollution, and cost-benefit analysis. It focuses on four policy pillars: nuclear energy, clean coal and gas, hydropower, and innovation.
"America needs to be the inventor and exporter of clean energy technology. We can make energy cleaner and cheaper," said Faison. "What we're missing is focus. Outdated regulations are strangling energy innovation. It shouldn't take 10 years to relicense an existing hydropower dam or a nuclear plant. America shouldn't rank 11th in energy R&D. There are commonsense and immediate solutions to these problems."
ClearPath Opens D.C. Office and Expands Team
ClearPath has opened its Washington, D.C. office on Capitol Hill and named Zak Baig, most recently the majority staff director for the U.S. Senate's Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee and long-time advisor to Senator David Vitter (R-LA), as its new Managing Director for Government Affairs. He will oversee the office which will be staffed by an experienced 4-6 person team. Their work will complement the deep policy and political expertise of the Charlotte-based operation.
"We are excited that Zak has joined ClearPath and will lead our new D.C. office," said Faison. "His deep understanding of energy policy, management experience, and proven conservative leadership will take our operation to the next level."
The foundation has built a network of conservative advisors that includes polling expert Kristen Soltis Anderson, former Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality Jim Connaughton, former RGA executive director Phil Musser, and former NRCC executive director Liesl Hickey.
"At ClearPath we're proud not to be a special interest," concluded Faison. "We are honest brokers who engage with policymakers, industry leaders, and energy experts. We believe conservative clean energy can make America stronger."
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