Following other Nations on Energy


Following other Nations on Energy
David A. Harris
Executive Director, American Jewish Committee
Week of July 14, 2008

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There’s good and bad news on the energy front.

The good news? America is waking up to the challenge before us.

The bad news? Washington is tied up in partisan squabbles. That’s a formula for paralysis, not progress.

Meanwhile, other countries are finding energy solutions.

The New York Times reported that Japan is “by many measures the world’s most energy-frugal developed nation.”

How did this happen?

First, the government has taken the lead, since the 1970s oil shock, in increasing energy efficiency.

Second, there’s a “national consensus on the need to consume less.”

And Israel announced a goal of 100,000 electric cars on the roads by 2010. It’s a joint venture between Project Better Place, a California-based company, and car giants Nissan and Renault.

Denmark is moving ahead on the same front as Israel.

America, we, too, can do it. In the process, we’ll strengthen our environment, economy, and national security.

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This is David Harris of the American Jewish Committee.

Date: 7/14/2008
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