Achieving Energy Independence

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Achieving Energy Independence

November 12, 2001

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Many of us are asking what more we can do to help our country in the aftermath of September 11.

This is David Harris of the American Jewish Committee.

We began by donating blood, contributing to 911 funds, displaying the flag, and reaffirming the values that make this country great.

What else can we do while our nation’s men and women in uniform wage war on those who would destroy us?

Here’s an idea.

These tragic events have once again revealed our country’s dangerous dependence on Middle East oil and the consequences of that vulnerability.

What if each of us resolved today to cut back our use of oil, for example, by driving less, carpooling more, using public transit, thinking smaller when buying a new car, and lowering the thermostats at home a degree or two?

And isn’t it time to send a message to our political leaders that we want to see a national energy policy that moves us toward independence and away from dependence?

In times like this, we can all do our share.

This is David Harris of the American Jewish Committee.

Date: 11/12/2001
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