Time for U.S. to Get Serious About Oil

Time for U.S. to Get Serious About Oil

AJC national radio message
March 14, 2011 – New York – “Once again, we’re faced with that three-letter word – oil,” says AJC Executive Director David Harris in his national radio commentary.

“We’ve had repeated warnings about our dangerous dependence on oil from unstable places,” says Harris, who points out that “15 oil-producing countries face instability.”

AJC, a leading voice on energy security since 1973, urges the U.S. to get serious about reducing significantly dependence on imported oil from unstable countries.

The AJC weekly radio messages are broadcast on the CBS radio network, before The Osgood File. All AJC radio commentaries since 2001 are available at www.ajc.org/radiocommentary.

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The full text of this week’s commentary follows:

Once again, we’re faced with that three-letter word – oil.

It’s all the talk, as people worry about rising prices at the gas pumps and their impact on our economy.

Frankly, this is nuts.

As a country, we’ve had repeated warnings about our dangerous dependence on oil from unstable places.

It began when OPEC imposed an oil embargo in 1973.

Each crisis triggers a torrent of comments about the need to do something.

But the focus normally doesn’t last long, and many return to business as usual.

Today, up to 15 oil-producing countries face instability. That means jittery markets and higher oil prices.

Isn’t it high time for the U.S. to get serious – and stay serious – until we stop depending on unstable countries for a good share of our oil?

AJC has been a leading voice on energy security since 1973. We won’t stop until other countries no longer have us “over a barrel.”

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This is David Harris of AJC.Date: 3/14/2011 12:00:00 AM