Energy Makes America Great Inc. is the advocacy arm of the Citizens Alliance for Responsible Energy (CARE)—both are under the leadership of Marita Noon. The catchphrase “Wake up, show up, stand up and speak up” helps explain our work. The original organization, CARE, founded in 2005, is a 501(c)3 that focuses on educating the public on the important role that energy plays in their life—the “wake up” component. Much of Marita’s speaking and writing—and especially her book Energy Freedom—meets the education/wake up aim. After accepting the leadership at CARE in January 2007, Marita got involved in energy issues and began to actually push for pro energy policies—which threatened the 501(c)3 status as an educational organization. In October 2010 Energy Makes America Great Inc. was born as a 501(c)4 that allows us to actually influence legislation and call for action—the “show up, stand up, speak up” component.
It is exciting to see our continuously increasing impact! We’ve gone from being a little known entity, even within our own state of New Mexico where the original emphasis was focused, to being a nationally recognized energy advocate called upon to address and gather support for statewide, region-wide, and national policy issues. For example, from time-to-time, we send out an email blast that may ask folks to contact their Representative or Senator—or even the White House—to express support or opposition to various pending issues. Some of the concerns that we’ve worked on include the Keystone XL pipeline, fighting the extension of the Production Tax Credit for wind energy (which did receive a one year extension as a part of the fiscal cliff deal), fighting the listing of the sand dune lizard as an endangered species (which was not listed), and rallying people to attend hearings to balance out the anti-energy sentiments loudly expressed by environmentalists.
During 2012, and extending past the election into 2013, we’ve partnered with Christine Lakatos to expose the Obama Administration’s green-energy crony-corruption scandal. Marita has written more than a dozen specific columns based on Lakatos’ research as presented on her Green Corruption Blog—which is funded as a project of CARE. Our cooperative efforts have drawn the attention of Rush Limbaugh. His 2012 December Limbaugh Letter cited our list of failed green-energy companies and linked to the Green Corruption Blog.
The green energy columns are just a portion of our efforts to keep energy in the public dialog. Each week, Marita writes a news-based, energy-issues column that is published first on Townhall.com. During the following days, that same column can be found here and on many websites and is forwarded through individual distribution lists. Additionally, a shorter version of the content is published in newspapers. Marita is also actively spreading the message through broadcast media.
To the right, you’ll see the “Read of the day” where we post headlines (with links) of the day’s energy news—these are often triggers for Marita’s weekly column. In the event calendar you’ll find information on all of her upcoming speaking engagements and media interviews.