FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 27, 2010
U.S. Oil Dependence Threatens Security, Economy, Environment
Washington, DC – On the eve of Memorial Day weekend, the Sierra Club and the American Security Project released a joint report entitled "Ending Our Dependence on Oil," which shows how America’s addiction to oil threatens our national security, our economy and our environment.
"Memorial Day is the day when we honor the sacrifices of servicemen and women, and it is also one of the starting points of the summer, during which many Americans take to the roads for travel and vacations," said James M. Ludes, PhD., Executive Director of the American Security Project. "There is no doubt that our nation's addiction to foreign energy sources represents a dire security issue, and the release of this report – on this important holiday - represents an important first step toward developing solutions that can end our oil addiction and make our nation more secure."
"Our two groups - an environmental and national security group - recognized the shared need to come together to talk about the threat of U.S. oil addiction," said Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune.
Facts from Ending Our Dependence on Oil:
"Every day that we fail to act, is a day that we continue to place American security, economy and climate in jeopardy," said Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune. "America can do better – we can end our oil addiction. Indeed, solutions abound already in our great nation."
"This Memorial Day, we should honor the brave men and women who fought for this country, and at the same time we should examine what we can do to mitigate the threat to American security of oil dependence," said Ludes.
"We can go even farther, we can surpass that goal and we can send oil producers, and oil markets, a signal – America is serious about ending its addiction to oil," said Brune. "That’s why we are calling on President Obama to create a solid plan for ending our country's dependence on oil and to move us toward a clean energy economy."
The American Security Project is a non-profit, bipartisan public policy and research organization dedicated to fostering knowledge and understanding of a range of national security issues, promoting debate about the appropriate use of American power, and cultivating strategic responses to 21st century challenges.
The Sierra Club is America's oldest, largest, and most influential grassroots environmental organization. Inspired by nature, we are 1.3 million of your friends and neighbors, working together to protect our communities and the planet.