AJC: Oil at $100 a Barrel a Danger Sign

January 3, 2008 - New York - The American Jewish Committee today expressed deep concern for growing oil prices as crude oil reached $100 a barrel yesterday.

"This is another reminder that America needs to go on an energy diet, and fast," said AJC Executive Director David A. Harris. "As prices rise, particularly at the onset of winter, we are faced with many dilemmas, including our problematic addiction to oil."

AJC's three decades of advocacy on energy issues have included support of the Energy Independence and Security Act, recently signed into law, which increased fuel economy standards.

AJC is also a member of the Environmental Protection Agency's elite Energy Leadership Club, has reduced its total energy consumption by 20 percent in its New York headquarters through its Green Project, and was the first nonprofit agency in the U.S. to offer cash incentives to staff to buy fuel-efficient vehicles.

"We urge other organizations to join us, helping to ensure that our national security, economy, and environment are fully protected in U.S. policy," said Harris. "This has to be among our nation's top, and sustained priorities."

AJC resources on energy include Over a Barrel, detailing how U.S. dependence on oil from hostile sources endangers our national interests. More information on AJC's energy-related concerns, including its Green Project, can be found at www.ajc.org/energy.
Date: 1/3/2008 12:00:00 AM