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Bruno & Lígia Rodrigues
 

Energy No. 315

Adopted 1992
Reaffirmed 1994
Reaffirmed 1996
Amended 1997
Amended 1999
Amended 2001
Reaffirmed 2002
Reaffirmed 2005
Revised 2007
 
 
            Over the next ten years, the world’s energy system must become much more efficient, much less dangerous to the environment, much more responsive to the social and economic needs of consumers, much less the object of international power politics, and much more subject to democratic public regulation.
           
            The United States is deeply and irrevocably involved in the world economy, including its oil markets. The federal government should take the lead in mobilizing both public and private interests to address energy and energy-related issues in a coherent, coordinated, long-range, democratic manner.
 
            There are no simple or cost-free solutions to the world’s multi-faceted energy problems. Energy conservation, energy efficiency, and protection of the environment must be increased. The economic and political power of the world’s giant energy conglomerates (including the oil company giants, electric utilities, and electrical equipment suppliers) must be controlled and cut back. America’s dependence on imported oil and the nation’s dependence on fossil fuels must be reduced. The role of nuclear power in generating electricity must be further examined and research funded so that the safety of its operation and the disposal of generated hazardous waste can be guaranteed.
 
            At the same time, the United States and the world must rapidly develop less polluting, more environmentally sustainable, more economically attractive, and more politically reliable alternative sources of energy. The United States can be a leader in developing and applying technologies that increase energy efficiency and exploit low-cost, non-polluting renewable energy sources. The production of alternative energy sources and energy efficiency is already an important industry in the United States. Examples of these include: Wind power, solar power, and biofuels. ADA also supports Green Building practices
 
            ADA strongly opposes government handouts, tax breaks, and royalty holidays for the fossil fuel and nuclear power energy industries.
 
            ADA calls on the President and Congress to move the United States and the world faster toward an energy efficient, renewable and environmentally sustainable, economically sound, socially equitable, politically responsive energy system.   At the same time, we must focus on strong measures for conservation and mass transit to reduce significantly our nation’s energy needs. This requires strong federal regulation.
 
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No. 315 Energy, Environment and Economic Commission

 

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