MARCH 20, 2003
Allen Mattison, 415-977-5526
Sierra Club Opposes Military Action against
Statement of Sierra Club President Jennifer Ferenstein
on Iraq War
- March 20 - "The Sierra Club opposes the United States' military
action against Iraq. We urge all parties to follow a path to peace
by ceasing hostilities immediately and allowing U.N. inspectors
to disarm and destroy any Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. The
best way to support American troops, save the lives of innocent
Iraqis, and prevent further environmental devastation, is to halt
the fighting and proceed immediately with a peaceful, lawful,
and destruction of any Iraqi weapons of mass destruction through
resumed rigorous United Nations inspections will accomplish the
international community's goals without risking more lives, endangering
the environment or increasing anti-American sentiment among the
Iraqi people and others throughout the world.
people can disagree about the primary reasons for this conflict,
no one can disagree that Iraq is strategically important to our
country and the world because of its oil reserves. No matter how
long the conflict lasts, we will find ourselves in a similar situation
again unless the U.S. and other nations act decisively to cut
our dependence on oil and other fossil fuels.
"We can do
better, if our leaders will lead. The simplest step would be to
require that we reduce our country's dependence on oil by using
existing technology to make new cars and SUVs go farther on a
gallon of gas. We can also invest in increasing our reliance on
wind and solar power, using technologies that generate energy
more effectively than ever before. We can implement solutions
that will save oil and save lives."
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