AJC Radio Message: Energy Dieting Benefits Security, Environment, Economy

AJC Radio Message: Energy Dieting Benefits Security, Environment, Economy

January 2, 2007 – New York – American Jewish Committee Executive Director David A. Harris wants the U.S. to go on an energy diet. “By doing so, we hit the trifecta,” helping American national security, the environment and the economy, says Harris in his national radio commentary.

Harris’s weekly messages on the CBS radio network air during the Osgood File.

Beginning this week, Harris’s commentaries also can be heard on Bloomberg radio, WBBR-AM in New York, and on the New York Times music station, WQXR-FM in New York.

All AJC radio commentaries since 2001 are available at www.ajc.org.

The full text of this week’s commentary follows:

It’s a new year.

That means new resolutions.

Usually near the top of the list is dieting.

How about New Year’s resolutions for our country?

Dieting fits in perfectly as a matter of fact.

I mean energy dieting.

By doing so, we hit the trifecta.

We help America’s national security, because our petrodollars to countries that hate us decline.

We help the environment, because we do less damage to the air we breathe.

And we help the economy, because more dollars stay here at home.

President John F. Kennedy famously said, “Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.”

By the decisions we make – what vehicle to buy, whether to go it alone or carpool, whether to use public transportation or our car, what temperature to set the thermostat, and more – we make a statement.

Let’s make the right statement.

For the sake of our country. For the sake of our future.

Happy New Year to one and all!

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This is David Harris of the American Jewish Committee.

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