Anyone else here sick of our dependence on foreign oil? Check this out:
In the name of national security, powerful oil companies are trying to gain access to some of the most spectacular U.S. wildlands, including the Greater Yellowstone area, Utah's Redrock Wilderness and Wyoming's Red Desert. And the Bush administration is backing them up! But destroying our last wild places won't end our dependence on foreign oil -- quite the opposite. For one thing, these places don't hold anywhere near enough oil. For another, focusing on drilling keeps us from the only path to real energy security: cutting oil use by putting new technologies to work.
Help stop this raid on our natural heritage. Sign the Declaration of Energy Independence by completing the form below. We'll deliver your declaration to the White House along with hundreds of thousands of others calling for a safe and secure energy future that won't destroy our last wild places.
We hold these truths to be self-evident:
- That our nation's excessive dependence on Persian Gulf oil gives unstable and undemocratic governments undue influence over our foreign policy.
- That our nation possesses only three percent of the world's oil reserves but consumes 25 percent of the world's oil supply and, therefore, can never drill its way to energy self-sufficiency.
- That exploiting natural treasures such as the Greater Yellowstone area would supply only a tiny fraction of our oil needs and would therefore prolong energy insecurity while senselessly destroying our natural heritage.
- That raising fuel economy standards for cars and light trucks to 40 mpg by 2012 would save 1.9 million barrels of oil per day -- four times the expected peak output from the Arctic Refuge and more oil than we imported from Saudi Arabia last year.
- That our government could further slash oil consumption by: raising fuel economy to 55 mpg by 2020; requiring replacement tires to be as energy efficient as those installed on new cars; enacting tax incentives for hybrid and fuel cell vehicles; reinvesting in public transit; promoting anti-sprawl "smart growth" of our cities; accelerating the development of plants for making motor fuel from crop wastes; ensuring production of 100,000 vehicles that run on non-polluting, hydrogen fuel cells by 2010 -- and one million such vehicles by 2020.
- That pursuing this path of energy self-reliance will benefit our health, save us billions of dollars, preserve our environment, slow global warming, and enhance America's national security.
We, the people of the United States of America, therefore call upon our elected leaders to lead an energy revolution that will reduce our nation's destructive reliance on oil and set us on a sustainable path toward lasting oil independence.
I hereby pledge my support to the above principles of energy independence.
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I am not posting this to start a raging debate. I am posting it as a plea of common sense.