Set America Free (From Oil)

by Michael Szul on 2008-07-29 07:56:00
tags: energy independence, flex fuel, oil

A few months ago I signed up for the newsletter at Set America Free - a coalition of individuals and non-profit organizations fighting to stabilize America's energy. This coalition includes Senators Sam Brownback and Lincoln Chafee, former Senator Tom Daschle, former US Secretary of Energy Admiral James D. Watkins, amongst many others. From the web site:

TWO THIRDS OF U.S. OIL CONSUMPTION IS DUE TO THE TRANSPORTATION SECTOR. We believe that by spearheading a global effort to transition the transportation sector to next-generation fuels and vehicles that can utilize them, the United States can deny its adversaries the wherewithal they use to harm us. Doing so will also protect our quality of life and economy against the effects of cuts in foreign energy supplies and rising costs of oil.

This morning I received an email newsletter announcing recent government bills in Congress to institute policies requiring flex fuel adoption. The Open Fuel Standard Act of 2008 was introduced in the Senate - while a similar bill was introduced in the House of Representatives.

Meanwhile, Gal Luft from the Institute for the Analysis of Global Securities - and also a member of Set America Free - gave testimony to the Senate on the energy crisis, reminding Congress of the television mandate to convert from analog to digital, and prodding facetiously that energy is at least as strategic as television.

For those interested in a more active role in the energy crisis, Set America Free is hosting an Energy Freedom Summit in Chicago from October 24th - 25th.

Please tell SetAmericaFree we should forget “spearheading a global effort”, and in fact get ourselves up to date with energy usage.

When you write to them, please also make a note that most of the United States’ “adverseries” are our own political representatives who hope we stay reliant on their oil slick consumerist economy for a long time.

Besides those few fingers pointing outwards at the world instead of at ourselves, I think this sounds wonderful, and will try to make the summit.

All the best,

friendly free citizen

by seanifool on 2008-07-29 12:39:09