Americans, But Not Politicians, Turn Serious About Energy Policy
'Drive for America' Campaign Calls on Big Three Automakers To Increase Fuel Economy as Matter of National Security
Finally! We have been calling for a campaign like this for over a year and a half. Funny how the leadership comes from a nonprofit group rather than from politicians.
This excellent announcement is being circulated by our friends at www.evworld.com
Campaign intended to declare America no longer wants to be a nation of "oil junkies"
With world oil markets increasingly in turmoil, U.S. oil imports steadily increasing, and oil and gas prices on the rise, the Alliance to Save Energy has launched the Drive for America campaign demanding that the Big Three automakers increase fuel economy as a matter of national security. In the web campaign’s first 24 hours, more than 5,000 Americans on the home front signed on to the campaign as a way of making their own contribution to national security and sending a message to U.S. automakers.
“With cars and light trucks accounting for more than 40 percent of U.S. oil consumption, the Big Three automakers are uniquely positioned to help break our nation’s deadly oil dependence,” said Alliance President David M. Nemtzow. “For too long, our nation has been dangerously dependent on foreign oil, leaving our economy and our national security hostage to the whims of other, often hostile, nations. The Drive for America campaign allows us to declare that we will no longer tolerate being a nation of oil junkies.”
According to the campaign, the battle against energy dependence has become more than just an environmental or economic one – it has become a critical battle for national security. As evidence, the campaign website ( Drive for America ) reminds Americans of these points:
- U.S. dependence on oil imports is currently the highest in our history -- accounting for well over half of the oil we consume. Without efforts to reverse this trend, imports will reach two-thirds of U.S. oil consumption by 2025.
- More than two-thirds of the world’s oil reserves are concentrated in the explosive Middle East.
- Saudi Arabia holds one-fourth of the world’s proven oil reserves – the largest share – followed by Iraq, at 11 percent.
- Even the current, weak, fuel economy standards save about 2.8 million barrels of oil a day, according to the National Academy of Sciences.
“America can significantly increase the gas mileage of its cars, trucks, and SUVs by employing current and emerging automotive technologies such as hybrid electric vehicles,” said Alliance Director of Policy Kara Saul Rinaldi. “This campaign tells America’s automakers that Americans want more efficient vehicles and demand a change in our gluttonous oil consumption.”
The Drive for America campaign also urged Americans to take the Patriot’s Energy Pledge ( Save a Barrel ) to reduce their personal use of oil in various ways, such as by keeping their cars tuned, buying only fuel-efficient vehicles, and walking or taking public transit to work.
Also see Patriotism Means Ending U.S. Dependence on Foreign Oil by Robert Redford
Warren Faulk's essay on energy independence, which originally appeared at The Progress Report over a year before the 9/11 disaster
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Car makers should have understood this message long ago. Why does it take a big nationwide campaign to urge automakers simply to act in the interest of Americans, and less in the interest of those who want to keep us addicted to foreign oil? Tell The Progress Report:
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