A Sane Energy Policy Urgently Needed

August 24, 2010 – New York –AJC Executive Director David Harris calls again for a sane U.S. energy policy in his weekly national radio commentary, airing on 400 CBS stations and heard by more than 35 million. LISTEN.

All AJC radio commentaries since 2001 are available at www.ajc.org/radiocommentary.

“Few issues have greater impact on our nation’s well-being than this one,” says Harris. “Since the 1970s, AJC has called for a sane energy policy that protects American interests.”

The full text of this week’s message follows:

Recently, Jon Stewart had a terrific TV segment.

He showed clips of eight consecutive presidents telling the American people that we will reduce our oil dependence from hostile countries.

The presidents talk the talk, he suggested, but don’t walk the walk.

Sure, politicians promise and don’t deliver. What else is new?

Here’s the rub: Few issues have greater impact on our nation’s well-being than this one.

We’re sending hundreds of billions of dollars annually out of the country.

Much of the money goes to countries that despise us.

Since the 1970s, AJC has called for a sane energy policy that protects American interests.

And we’ve been leading by example. For instance, AJC was the first non-profit in the country to offer our staff cash incentives to buy fuel-efficient vehicles.

All of us can pitch in. Let’s ensure that, going forward, Jon Stewart doesn’t have new material for this topic.

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This is David Harris of AJC.