FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 11, 2008
Contact: Kristina Johnson
Sierra Club Testifies at House Hearing on "The Future of Oil"
Washington, DC: On Wednesday, June 11, Sierra Club Public Lands Program Director Athan Manuel testified at the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming's hearing, "The Future of Oil."
Statement of Sierra Club Public Lands Program Director Athan Manuel
Our nation's energy problems won't be answered by drilling for more oil, now or in the future. The cure for our dangerous oil addiction is not to seek a bigger fix by drilling the few remaining places that are not already open for energy development.
Sacrificing places like the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and America's coastlines will not bring energy prices down or keep them down.
Instead of encouraging more drilling, which will only add to the billions in profits already being made by the oil industry, we should continue to raise the fuel economy of our cars, encourage the use of renewable energy like wind and solar power, and adopt other, existing energy-saving technologies that cut pollution, curb global warming and create good jobs. These steps will help end our addiction to oil and put us on the path to a prosperous clean energy future.