Sept. 11: Energy Policy Wake-Up Call

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Sept. 11: Energy Policy Wake-Up Call

January 28, 2002

When all is said and done, a lot more is said than done.

This is David Harris of the American Jewish Committee.

In the 1970's, we had a bitter taste of our dependence on Middle East oil. Oil-producing countries tried holding us hostage to their political aims, while sending prices sky high.

There was much talk then about cutting our oil imports. Cars and appliances became more energy efficient, conservation and alternative energy sources were being discussed.

But later complacency set in.

The drive toward higher mileage standards came to a screeching halt, gas guzzlers became popular, and our homes often resembled saunas in winter, freezers in summer.

Today, more than half our oil is from overseas, much from countries that support terrorism.

September 11 was a wake-up call. We need to press lawmakers to get serious about energy policy and reduce our nation's vulnerability. And each of us can help by saving energy starting today.

This is David Harris of the American Jewish Committee.

Date: 1/28/2002
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