Tuesday, February 28, 2006The successful peak oil presentations at Union South included two that you can view online.
Mark Daugherty gave an overview of peak oil and Brett Hulsey offered solutions.
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Let's look beneath the fog of spin. In last week's State of the Union address, President Bush finally owned up to America's destructive addiction to oil.
But the speech was barely over before Vice President Cheney was calling for oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. And the President's newly proposed budget does the same.
Instead of making America truly energy-efficient -- the fastest way to meet our energy needs and lower oil prices -- the Bush Administration is still promoting corporate raids on our natural heritage.
Five years of coddling oil companies has produced higher gas prices and left us more vulnerable than ever to oil shortages -- not to mention oil spills, air pollution, despoiled public lands and catastrophic global warming.
The American people want a better way. Poll after poll shows that the vast majority now rejects the President's "drill-it-all" mentality. They're angry at the White House and Congress for putting oil company interests ahead of the public interest. And they're demanding energy policies that will reduce our destructive reliance on oil.
I know you're among that majority. That's why I'm asking you to join me today in signing the Pledge to MOVE AMERICA BEYOND OIL at the NRDC Action Fund Web site.
The NRDC Action Fund is circulating this Pledge nationwide as part of a bold new campaign to break Big Oil's stranglehold on America's energy policy. Your signed Pledge will help advance legislation that would cut America's dependence on oil by 2.5 million barrels a day within 10 years -- more than we now import every day from the Persian Gulf!
Don't let anyone tell you it's not possible. We've already lined up key support in Congress -- from both the progressive left and the conservative right -- for this visionary bill that would set America on a new course toward a clean energy future.
Best of all, we can turn this dream into reality right now -- even with George Bush in the White House. All it will take is a powerful and sustained campaign -- a campaign that harnesses America's anger at Big Oil and channels it into effective political pressure for new and smart solutions to our oil addiction problem. A campaign that puts us, the American people, in the picture of a sustainable
future. . . .
Let's face it: unless millions of Americans demand a cleaner energy future right now, the oil lobby will continue to dictate the Bush Administration's policies, and we will continue to pay the price -- at the gas pump and with a blighted environment. And this administration is not going to change its thinking nor its ways -- just continue to hide them.
Please join me in opposing Big Oil's latest land grabs and charting a saner, more sustainable energy path that future generations will be grateful for. Sign the Pledge to MOVE AMERICA BEYOND OIL today.
NRDC Action Fund
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The NRDC Action Fund is the 501(c)(4) affiliate of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).
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A new natural gas pipeline linking southeastern Wisconsin and the Green Bay area will be proposed to open in 2008, stretch 106 miles and cost between $200 million and $250 million. . . .
No exact route has been announced, but the line is expected to follow a path through Jefferson, Dodge, Fond du Lac, Calumet, Outagamie and Brown counties, ending west of Green Bay.
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[T]his is the greatest challenge our country will face during our lifetimes. The energy crisis has not yet overwhelmed us, but it will if we do not act quickly.
It is a problem we will not solve in the next few years, and it is likely to get progressively worse.
We must not be selfish or timid if we hope to have a decent world for our children and grandchildren.
We simply must balance our demand for energy with our rapidly shrinking resources. By acting now, we can control our future instead of letting the future control us.
Intolerable dependence on foreign oil threatens our economic independence and the very security of our nation. The energy crisis is real. It is worldwide. It is a clear and present danger to our nation. These are facts and we simply must face them.
I am tonight setting a clear goal for the energy policy of the United States. Beginning this moment, this nation will never use more foreign oil than we did [two years ago] -- never. From now on, every new addition to our demand for energy will be met from our own production and our own conservation. The generation-long growth in our dependence on foreign oil will be stopped dead in its tracks right now and then reversed as we move through the [next decade], for I am tonight setting the further goal of cutting our dependence on foreign oil by one-half by the end of the next decade --
To give us energy security, I am asking for the most massive peacetime commitment of funds and resources in our nation's history to develop America's own alternative sources of fuel -- from coal, from oil shale, from plant products for gasohol, from unconventional gas, from the sun.
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