908Re: [hreg] [Fwd: The Truth About America's Energy Needs]
- Apr 2, 2001I wonder how much could be saved just by switching to low wattage
Rather than wasting all that money on subsidies, why not give a tax break to
those who replace air-conditioners, refrigerators and install low wattage
William M. Bell, Jr.
PO Box 926
Fulshear, Texas 77441-0926
----- Original Message -----
From: Dana Hacker <drhacker@...>
Sent: Friday, March 30, 2001 8:36 AM
Subject: [hreg] [Fwd: The Truth About America's Energy Needs]
> Sierra Club Alerts wrote:
> > FORWARD this email to friends and family!
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> > SIGN and SEND the petition below to: president@...
> > ***************
> > or GO TO THE WEB to send this petition:
> > http://whistler.sierraclub.org:8080/takeaction/energy/index.jsp
> > A PETITION TO THE PRESIDENT AND U.S. ENERGY SECRETARY
> > 1) Tell the truth -- about California's and America's energy needs.
> > Telling Americans that we have to drill for oil in pristine natural
> > so that we can be "energy independent" is tremendously irresponsible,
> > simply not true.
> > The United States uses 25% of the world's oil supply. Yet we have less
> > 5% percent of the world's oil reserves.
> > The truth is there is no way we can meet our demand by drilling for oil
> > the Arctic Wildlife Refuge, or anywhere else domestically. Drilling the
> > Arctic is a distraction, not a solution.
> > 2) Tell the truth -- about new power plants.
> > When new power plants were proposed in California as early as 1995 the
> > Sierra Club supported them. The proposed plants would have been ten
> > less polluting, and twice as fuel efficient as older, outmoded natural
> > gas-fired plants.
> > The plants were opposed and successfully blocked by Southern
> > California Edison and San Diego Gas and Electric, which claimed they
> > wouldn't need new power plants until 2005 (and didn't want to spend the
> > money to build them.)
> > The Metcalf Energy Center, a proposed new power plant in the San Jose,
> > California area, has been opposed by Internet giant, Cisco Systems, and
> > supported by the Sierra Club.
> > 3) Tell the truth -- about energy efficiency and conservation.
> > It is far faster, cheaper, and more cost effective to solve our energy
> > needs by working to increase our energy efficiency as quickly as
> > We gain far greater energy independence, faster, cheaper and more cost
> > effectively.
> > California could save enough electricity for one million homes -- 1000
> > megawatts of electricity -- just by replacing outmoded air conditioners
> > with modern efficient ones.
> > Replacing old refrigerators would save another 1000 megawatts, and make
> > power available for another million homes.
> > Truth is that if auto companies were required to install the best
> > technology and increase the fuel economy of new cars and light trucks to
> > miles per gallon, Americans would save three million barrels of oil
> > day -- more than the Arctic, Persian Gulf imports, and off-shore
> > combined.
> > If tire companies were required to sell replacement tires as fuel
> > as the tires installed on new cars America would save 5.4 billion
> > of oil -- more than geologists expect to find in the Arctic.
> > 4) Tell the truth -- about drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife
> > Oil from the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge wouldn't even "come on
> > for nearly a decade, then would only meet America's current demand for
> > about six months.
> > Drilling the Arctic Wildlife Refuge won't solve our energy needs in
> > the short-term or long-term. But the damage that drilling would inflict
> > this fragile and extreme environment -- 50 million cubic yards of gravel
> > scoured from nearby ponds and rivers, hundreds of miles of pipelines and
> > roads, massive production facilities -- this damage assuredly will be
> > long-term.
> > 5) Tell the truth -- about the utilities and generators.
> > Weakening clean air standards, and letting old power plants continue to
> > pollute more, won't add to our energy supply. Efficiency and modernizing
> > power plants will.
> > The truth is, utility companies and generators -- in California and
> > nationwide -- have been more worried about their bottom line than
> > black-outs. The owners want to hold onto their old, dirty, and wasteful
> > facilities.
> > The truth is energy efficiency would lower demand, increase supply, and
> > reduce prices. But when prices are lower, profits for utilities and
> > generators are lower. Maybe that's why they're not telling us that if we
> > build state-of-the-art power plants, tap efficiency, and use renewables,
> > can turn on the lights, reduce energy prices, and breathe cleaner air.
> > President Bush and Secretary of Energy, Spencer Abraham, all these facts
> > about our nation's energy choices are well documented at,
> > http://www.sierraclub.org/energy/ads/index.asp
> > We don't have to sacrifice our environment to meet our energy needs at a
> > price that's fair -- if we make wise energy choices, for our families,
> > our future.
> > I urge you to pursue real solutions to our energy needs, such as making
> > cars go farther on a gallon of gas, and improving efficiency so that
> > people get electricity from fewer, less polluting power plants.
> > Don't destroy our coasts or the Arctic Wildlife Refuge because drilling
> > can't provide either a quick fix, or a long-term solution, to our energy
> > needs.
> > ***********
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> > RESIDING IN (city, state):
> > ***********
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