Catholic Workers don't necessarily need this advice, I think we tend
to be in conservation mode as a matter of lifestyle. But this could
be good for others, still caught in consumerism, to perhaps help them
begin to want to break free of their consumerist chains.
Robert Waldrop, OKC
Patriots' Energy Pledge Campaign Launched on the Internet
Americans Resolved to Save a Million of Barrels of Oil
to Aid War Effort and Prompt Automakers to do their Part
American looking for a patriotic New Years' Resolution that will help
the war on terrorism, clean the environment, and save you money - all
at the same time will find it at a new Internet web site being
launched today. Beginning January 1st, 2002, www.SaveaBarrel.org will
be the Internet home of the Patriot's Energy Pledge.
Created by a volunteer group of energy experts in response to
September 11th tragedy. The Pledge offers every American driver a way
to reduce our national dependence on oil in the coming year. Through
energy-saving steps pledged on-line, individuals can strengthen our
national security by personally using less oil to meet their needs in
smarter ways - and inspire others to do the same.
"The initial goal of the www.SaveaBarrel.org website in 2002 is to
attract energy-saving pledges equaling a million barrels of oil," said
Rob Stuart, the Campaign Director. "Everyone will know when that goal
has been reached, because the oil-saving impact of individual pledge
actions, such as maintaining correct tire pressure and using
low-friction oil, is added up and displayed on the website."
By pledging to buy as their next vehicle a much more fuel-efficient
one, these energy patriots will inspire automakers to market a
complete line of safe and comfortable vehicles which will travel twice
as far on a gallon of gas - a 40 mpg goal which some models already
meet using proven "gasoline-electric hybrid" technology.
According to the www.SaveaBarrel.org web site, having the average car
achieve the 40 mpg patriotic goal would save as much oil as the U.S.
imports from the Persian Gulf (13% of total oil consumed in the U.S.),
and resume the successful energy conservation campaign begun in
response to the 1973 oil embargo, which lead automakers then to double
per gallon mileage.
"Our goal is to reduce the use of oil from all sources, both foreign
and domestic, for we know that the U.S., which has only 3% of world
oil reserves but consumes 25% of world oil production, cannot drill
its way to oil independence, even if every potential oil deposit in
America were tapped," said Larry Rockefeller, a lawyer and co-founder
of the Patriot's Energy Pledge.
"Meanwhile, our nation will continue to be vulnerable to price spikes,
supply disruptions and foreign policy constraints like its support for
Saudi Arabia, home of the hijackers and a regime that teaches
intolerance and represses women," he concluded. Instead, the
SaveaBarrel.org web site points to the vast savings of oil possible
through fuel-efficient vehicles, the use of renewable fuels (like
biofuel ethanol) as an increasing substitute for oil, and the
development of advanced fuel cell vehicles for the future that do not
use oil at all.
"As automakers invest in this business opportunity, the economy will
be boosted and new jobs created," said Peter Fox-Penner, an energy
economist and co-founder of the Patriot's Energy Pledge. "The
efficient vehicles they sell will also help clean the air, stabilize
the global climate, and preserve natural landmarks which some propose
to drill. And by reducing dependence on vulnerable oil pipelines with
energy-efficient vehicles that no terrorist can take away, national
security will be further strengthened."
"There's no better way to support the war against terrorism than to
reduce your use of oil," concluded Stuart. "We're urging Americans to
take the Patriot's Energy Pledge as their New Year's Resolution in
order to increase our national security."
The Pledge campaign is a project of the American Conservation
Association and was developed by Peter Fox-Penner and Larry
Rockefeller working with energy experts, economists, environmentalists
and corporate volunteers, including Ruben Aronin, Bill Holmberg,
Melanie Kenderdine, Ron Minsk, Dave Nemtzow and Ed Osann. For more
information about the campaign please see www.saveabarrel.org or
contact Rob Stuart, the campaign director at rstuart@...