the country are mobilizing in a new waypledging to reduce
their energy uses. Just six weeks after launching the Patriots
Energy Pledge, energy patriots have committed to
saving over 125,000 barrels of oil through maintaining correct
tire pressure, using low-friction oil and purchasing vehicles
that are more fuel-efficient.
We are thrilled by the level of interest and participation
the Patriots Energy Pledge has received, commented Larry
Rockefeller, a lawyer and co-founder of the Patriots Energy
Pledge. Americans are speaking up about our countrys
energy policies. And, as our national leaders begin to discuss energy
issues, we would encourage them to look at what energy patriots
around the country are saying.
The Pledges web site (www.Save aBarrel.org) allows Americans
to get involved in decreasing the countrys dependence on foreign
oil. The site easily guides visitors through a number of oil-saving
options ranging from purchasing fuel-efficient vehicles, using renewable
fuels (like biofuel ethanol) as an increasing substitute for oil,
and taking steps to make existing vehicles use less fuel. Its campaign
site also allows a forum to voice concerns about Americas
energy policies as well as express demand for vehicles that operate
on alternative fuels.
Every American can help win the war against terrorism by participating
in energy conservation activities, explained Peter Fox-Penner,
an energy economist and co-founder of the Patriots Energy
Pledge. If all Americans drove vehicles that averaged 40 miles-per-gallon,
our oil consumption would decrease about 13 percent. Not only would
this decrease our dependence on oil imported from the Persian Golf,
but it would increase global stability and help clean the air.
The Patriots Energy Pledge was created by a volunteer group
of energy experts as a way to reduce our national dependence on
oil in the coming year. The specific goal of the campaign is to
save one million barrels of oil within a year. More generally, the
campaign is designed to jump-start American markets for domestic
renewable fuels and fuel-efficient vehicles, as well as increase
awareness of the costs of American oil dependence.
To join the effort, individuals simply register on-line. Once they
have pledged to be an energy patriot, they receive customized
information and action links to help them meet their pledge. Energy
patriots are also sent an Energy Patriot Certificate
that they can display at their home or in their car to encourage
others to join the effort. With their permission, news and alerts
about emerging energy policy issues are sent to energy patriots
keeping them updated about the campaigns activities.
In addition to taking pledges to conserve oil, the Web site allows
users to record their thoughts about U.S. oil dependence. Over 8,000
pledgers have written passages explaining their motivations.
The Pledge is a non-profit project of the American Conservation
Association and was developed by Fox-Penner and Rockefeller working
with energy experts, economists, environmentalists and corporate
volunteers, including Ruben Aronin, Bill Holmberg, Melanie Kenderdine,
Ron Minsk, Dave Nemtzow and Ed Osann.