Who Is Calm?
November 05, 2004
"Show me who makes a profit from war, and I'll show you how to stop the war."
There is no question that the United States is addicted to oil. Although the U.S. has less than 5 percent of the world's population, we consume more than 25 percent of the world's oil. If our consumption patterns don't change, in 20 years we will depend on other countries for 70 percent of our oil, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
Like any addiction, our addiction to oil is dangerous. Oil addiction endangers our economy with rising gasoline prices burdening consumers and the U.S. losing clean energy market share to companies in Japan and Europe. Oil addiction endangers our environment as rainforests are cut down to make way for oil wells and as we fuel global climate change. Oil addiction endangers human rights as communities who oppose petroleum extraction suffer repression. And of course oil addiction endangers our national security by chaining us to despotic regimes and pushing us into war. Ask yourself: Does oil addiction make us more safe, or less?
The best way to break the oil habit is by dramatically increasing the fuel efficiency of our cars and trucks, which guzzle more than 40 percent of all the oil we use.
Fortunately, breaking our addiction to oil is not rocket science. Workable alternatives to the carbon economy exist, but the U.S. auto manufacturers have recklessly refused to take advantage of them. If Ford and the other carmakers were to put off-the-shelf technologies in their vehicles, they could increase average fuel efficiency to 40 mpg. If they converted their entire fleets to gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles, they could give drivers 60 mpg. Adopting hydrogen fuels could completely eliminate tailpipe emissions. Electric vehicles, powered by clean wind and solar energy, use no fossil fuels at all. Biodiesel cars and trucks are another way to drive without being dependent on oil.
Global Exchange, in partnership with Rainforest Action Network, has launched a nationwide, grassroots campaign calling on Ford Motor Company and the rest of the auto industry to break our oil dependence. We're asking that Ford and its competitors improve the efficiency of their vehicles to 50 mpg by 2010 and to completely eliminate all greenhouse gas emissions by 2020.
Ford likes to think of itself as a company of "environmental heroes." But Ford cars and trucks have the worst fuel efficiency of all the major auto makers, according to the US EPA. A typical Ford vehicle on the road today gets fewer miles per gallon than the Model-T did 80 years ago.
As a world's premier auto brand and a symbol of American entrepreneurship and innovation, Ford should be doing everything it can to take the lead when it comes to fuel economy. If we want a secure nation, a safe environment, and a strong economy, Ford needs to drive toward the clean energy future we all know is coming.
An information and action center dedicated to urging Ford to take leadership in breaking our addiction to oil. The coalition homepage for the Global Exchange/Rainforest Action Network partnership
Rainforest Action Network
Since it was founded in 1985, the Rainforest Action Network has been working to protect tropical rainforests and the human rights of those living in and around those forests
The Sierra Club's members are 700,000 of your friends and neighbors. Inspired by nature, we work together to protect our communities and the planet. The Club is America's oldest, largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization
Blue Water Network
Bluewater Network promotes critical policy changes in government and industry to reduce dependence on fossil fuels and eradicate other root causes of air and water pollution, global warming, and habitat destruction
The Detroit Project
Welcome to "The Detroit Project," our grassroots campaign to prod Detroit automakers to build cars that will get Americans to work in the morning without sending us to war in the afternoon -- cars that will end our dependence on foreign oil
Clean Car Campaign and Clean Car Pledge
The Clean Car Campaign is a national campaign coordinated by state, regional and national environmental organizations promoting a clean revolution in the motor vehicle industry. In particular, the campaign seeks to promote the development and sale of advanced technology vehicles that meet a high standard of environmental performance
Union of Concerned Scientists
UCS is an independent nonprofit alliance of 60,000 concerned citizens and scientists across the country. We augment rigorous scientific analysis with innovative thinking and committed citizen advocacy to build a cleaner, healthier environment and a safer world
Peace Demonstrators in US & UK Take Message to the Pumps: NO WAR FOR OIL
Project Underground exists as a vehicle for the environmental, human rights and indigenous rights movements to carry out focused campaigns against abusive extractive resource activity
Public Citizen-CAFE standards
Now is the time to reduce the nation’s tragic dependence on oil, to cut harmful asthma- and cancer-causing vehicle emissions, and to save consumers money by enacting meaningful fuel economy requirements for the nation’s passenger vehicles
EPA Fuel Economy Guide
Gas mileage (MPG), greenhouse gas emissions, air pollution ratings, and safety information for new and used cars and trucks
The U.S. Department of Energy's Clean Cities Program supports public-private partnerships that deploy alternative fuel vehicles and build supporting alternative fuel infrastructure. Our site features information about local coalitions and clean corridors, alternative fuel news and events, fleet success stories, support and funding, tips for starting a coalition in your area, available alternative fuel vehicles, related links and more
Student Environmental Action Coalition
SEAC is a student and youth run national network of progressive organizations and individuals whose aim is to uproot environmental injustices through action and education. SEAC works to create progressive social change on both the local and global levels
Ford Motor Company
The official company home page
The goal of this site is plain and simple: to get you to join the ranks of hybrid car drivers; to make it as easy as possible for you to set up a test drive, get you behind the wheel of a hybrid, and then let nature take its course
Your car could run on vegetable oil. Learn more from the National Biodiesel Board, which is trying to increase the demand of commercially produced biodiesel in the United States through education, communication, and quality assurance programs and by serving as the national coordinating entity and clearinghouse of information
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