No War for Oil!
Leaving office, George Washington warned that a
government of overwhelming power "is not reason. . . . It is a force like
fire, a dangerous servant and a terrible master."
Town Portrait for Peace, Port Townsend,
Resistance is mounting against war on Iraq. It's hard to influence national governments, but if enough of us get out into the streets and demonstrate, positive changes will come. For example, local governments are listening to their citizens and sending a message to the White House and the world. Read the city of Arcata, California's proclamation, to which Sustainable Energy Institute/Culture Change contributed in the drafting.
"A violent culture is not the only one conceivable," was our response in Culture Change magazine to the 9-11 attacks. The U.S. government's foreign policy history is oily, and led up to this "War OF Terrorism." We know from our petroleum industry background here at Sustainable Energy Institute that in our overpopulated society, driving cars and consuming manufactured goods are again bringing on war for oil. We are heartened that resistance to war is mounting along with consciousness that we must graduate from massive fossil fuel dependence.
Read "Spare Iraq and the atmosphere, avoid oil shock" by the environmental movement's well known oil industry analyst Jan Lundberg. To complement the vision of a petroleum-free future, peace must be attained now and forever for sustainable security. See Not In Our Name, below, as one excellent way to get active now!
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At Sustainable Energy Institute and Culture Change, we promote sustainable living in recognition of natural limits on technology. In 1990 we began the Alliance for a Paving Moratorium largely as a peace proposal, during the buildup of the first Gulf War. Now the world is at even greater risk, as the limitations on invading Iraq - recognized by the first President Bush - are not being heeded by George Junior. In response to this latest global threat, we offer this essay: Ending U.S. Oil Tyranny.
In addition to stopping new road construction to stop sprawl wherever we could, we have launched projects such as Pedal Power Produce toward local-based food security. Petroleum in effect feeds most of the planet, but oil's running out. Demanding no more war for oil is excellent, but will go nowhere if oil consumption is not slashed now. Energy consumption is out of control in industrial societies, twice as bad in the U.S. and in Europe. Business as usual constitutes the main threat to life. War for any purpose serves as a distraction from the reality of the ongoing war on the planet waged by U.S. and transnational corporations seeking profits and control over all countries.
We have ideas on how to slash energy consumption while securing a better way of living. This cultural change can be brought about by some simple programs. One is to end new oil exploration such as offshore drilling: join the Committee Against Oil Exploration. For acting locally to change globally, take the Pledge for Climate Protection to cut petroleum dependence and heal the land. Thank you for helping to create a greater sense of community. And don't forget to cut down on guzzling oil now, if we are to achieve Peace!
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- A new book on the hidden casualties of the 1990-'91 Gulf War would give anyone pause, when considering whether to repeat more such devastation -- on more than just Iraq, as it happens. See http://www.northatlanticbooks.com/prod ucts/1556431635.html
- For a tax-revenue analyst's view of the costs of war
on Iraq, see Ralph Martire's column from the Chicago Sun-Times, Oct. 5,
2002, which sounds the alarm that Social Security funds will have to pay
for the war and the rebuilding of Iraq, now that the federal surplus has
been squandered by Bush for the wealthiest 1 per cent of Americans.
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