The Time for Energy Independence

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The Time for Energy Independence

January 7, 2003

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Two recent press headlines caught my eye.

One was "Western dependence on Mideast oil expected to grow."

The other was: "In tax twist, big vehicles get the bigger deductions."

Frankly, I don't get it.

Just when we need to be reducing our dependence on Mideast oil, are we headed the other way?

And when we should be discouraging the use of gas guzzlers, are we doing the opposite?

As the new Congress begins its work, elected officials need to hear from us.

We should tell them we care about our nation's energy policy.

We should tell them that America needs higher fuel efficiency standards, better conservation, and more focus on alternative sources of energy. Today, not tomorrow.

When America puts its mind to something, it can do it. When America wanted to put a man on the moon, it did it. We need the same full-court press on energy independence.

Our future may depend on it.

This is David Harris of the American Jewish Committee.

Date: 1/7/2003
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