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[greenyes] Energy and Bedfellows


WALL STREET JOURNAL

POLITICS AND POLICY


Unlikely Allies Fight
U.S. Oil Dependence
Bipartisan Network to Press
For Reduced Consumption,
Quicker Development of Fuels
By JOHN J. FIALKA and JEFFREY BALL
Staff Reporters of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
March 28, 2005; Page A4

High oil prices are uniting unlikely allies in a campaign to change American
energy policy. A bipartisan coalition -- including an increasing number of
defense hawks -- is backing policies to curb petroleum use, a cause
generally associated with environmental activists.
Today, 26 former national-security officials from Republican and Democratic
administrations will send a letter to President Bush calling for "a major
new initiative to curtail U.S. consumption" by improving the fuel economy of
U.S. autos and developing alternatives to fossil fuels. The group asks the
federal government to spend as much as $1 billion on the effort over the
next five years -- "a level proportionate with other priorities for our
nation's defense."
"The price at the pump is not all we're paying right now. We are also paying
$400 billion for a defense budget," says Robert C. McFarlane, President
Reagan's national-security adviser and a signer of the letter.
Frank Gaffney, another signer and former Reagan official who heads the
Center for Security Policy, a national-security think tank in Washington,
adds: "I don't often find myself in agreement with those at the Natural
Resources Defense Council, but I'm delighted to have them joining us in this
initiative because I do think there is common ground. There is now a
critical mass of national-security-minded people coming together to make the
argument that this is no longer something we should do at some point."
Reducing U.S. oil consumption, he says, is "no longer a nice thing to do.
It's imperative."
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