Let's Move America Beyond Oil

Let's look beneath the fog of spin. In last week's State of the Union address, President Bush finally owned up to America's destructive addiction to oil.

But the speech was barely over before Vice President Cheney was calling for oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. And the President's newly proposed budget does the same.

Instead of making America truly energy-efficient -- the fastest way to meet our energy needs and lower oil prices -- the Bush Administration is still promoting corporate raids on our natural heritage.

Five years of coddling oil companies has produced higher gas prices and left us more vulnerable than ever to oil shortages -- not to mention oil spills, air pollution, despoiled public lands and catastrophic global warming.

The American people want a better way. Poll after poll shows that the vast majority now rejects the President's "drill-it-all" mentality. They're angry at the White House and Congress for putting oil company interests ahead of the public interest. And they're demanding energy policies that will reduce our destructive reliance on oil.

I know you're among that majority. That's why I'm asking you to join me today in signing the Pledge to MOVE AMERICA BEYOND OIL at http://www.nrdcactionfund.org/beyondoil/action.asp?step=2&item=53292

The NRDC Action Fund is circulating this Pledge nationwide as part of a bold new campaign to break Big Oil's stranglehold on America's energy policy. Your signed Pledge will help advance legislation that would cut America's dependence on oil by 2.5 million barrels a day within 10 years -- more than we now import every day from the Persian Gulf!

Don't let anyone tell you it's not possible. We've already lined up key support in Congress -- from both the progressive left and the conservative right -- for this visionary bill that would set America on a new course toward a clean energy future.

Best of all, we can turn this dream into reality right now -- even with George Bush in the White House. All it will take is a powerful and sustained campaign - - a campaign that harnesses America's anger at Big Oil and channels it into effective political pressure for new and smart solutions to our oil addiction problem. A campaign that puts us, the American people, in the picture of a sustainable future.

Please sign the Pledge to MOVE AMERICA BEYOND OIL right now at http://www.nrdcactionfund.org/beyondoil/action.asp?step=2&item=53292 While you're at our website you can find out more about the oil-busting legislation we're advancing. And you can even spread the word about this campaign to your friends and family.

Let's face it: unless millions of Americans demand a cleaner energy future right now, the oil lobby will continue to dictate the Bush Administration's policies, and we will continue to pay the price -- at the gas pump and with a blighted environment. And this administration is not going to change its thinking nor its ways -- just continue to hide them.

Please join me in opposing Big Oil's latest land grabs and charting a saner, more sustainable energy path that future generations will be grateful for. Sign the Pledge to MOVE AMERICA BEYOND OIL today.


Robert Redford
NRDC Action Fund


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