Americans for Energy Independence's mission is to use mass media -- including newspapers, billboards, radio and the Internet -- to focus national attention on the importance of achieving energy independence. The group will use its resources and capabilities to advance Set America Free's agenda of concrete, measurable action toward reducing U.S. oil dependency.--from PNNOnline
"We are delighted to join such a prestigious group," affirms Chris Wolfe, president of Americans for Energy Independence. "Even as rising gas prices, the ongoing conflict in the Middle East, and President Bush's admission of our 'addiction to foreign oil' make the public increasingly aware of the need for energy independence, this alliance empowers us more than ever to keep Americans engaged with this critical issue."
"We are very pleased that Americans for Energy Independence has joined The Set America Free Coalition," says Anne Korin, chair of Set America Free. "They have done a great job proliferating the grassroots message of the drastic need to reduce our dependence on foreign oil, and we are looking forward to working with them."
Wolfe warns that America's foreign oil reliance has dire national and international consequences. "We spend more than $250 billion a year on imported oil," he observes. "Oil price volatility and availability dictate the value of our stock markets and the strength of our economy. And every time we fill up our cars, we transfer a greater part of our wealth to questionable governments."
The Set America Free Coalition promotes a "Blueprint for Energy Security" that spells out practical ways in which progress toward energy security can be made over the next several years. The Blueprint's recommendations match those of "Toward Energy Independence by 2025," a study by UC Berkley's Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory, funded by Americans for Energy Independence. The documents are available at each of the organizations' websites.
The Set America Free Coalition brings together prominent individuals and non-profit organizations concerned about the security and economic implications of America's growing dependence on foreign oil. The coalition, organized by the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security (IAGS), includes Senator Tom Daschle, former U.S. Secretary of Energy Admiral James D. Watkins, and former National Security Advisor Robert C. McFarlane, among many other politicians, scientific experts and social leaders.
Americans for Energy Independence, Inc. is a non-profit California corporation based in Studio City, California. Its mission is to utilize the mass media to alert Americans to current and potential dangers of the country's dependence on foreign oil to meet its national energy needs, to raise awareness of the benefits of becoming energy independent, and to propose and encourage solutions, strategies and citizen action that can lead to a future of American energy independence.
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