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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MARCH 26, 2003
8:30 AM

CONTACT:  TomPaine.com
Nick Penniman,
202-332-2881 ext 11

TomPaine.com Challenges Congress to End Our Dependence on Foreign Oil
 
WASHINGTON - March 26 - Never again can our addiction to foreign oil put soldiers at risk, the Internet journal TomPaine.com, said today in its Op Ad in The New York Times.

The ad begins: "American troops are fighting in Iraq for many reasons. But face it -- if foreign oil wasn't so important to us, Saddam wouldn't be, either...." It continues with, "Think of our troops -- the men and women whose lives are on the line because we cannot muster the will to wean ourselves from oil."

The ad calls on Congress, particularly the Democrats, to ensure this by emphasizing energy independence based on conservation and alternatives.

"Democrats, needing big ideas, could put the GOP on defense by pushing a truly bold plan -- rapid investment in conservation and new-energy technologies, especially solar and wind. That would enhance national security and pay huge economic dividends -- new jobs, lower utility bills for consumers, increased productivity, improved public health.

The job-creation potential of such a plan could draw labor and environmentalists together for 2004."

Moving beyond the simple-war-for-oil critique, the ad explores the political pressures thwarting energy independence.

As Congress takes up this issue in the coming weeks, TomPaine.com will be watching every move.

To view the ad, visit http://www.TomPaine.com/op_ad .

TomPaine.com is a nonprofit, nonpartisan Internet journal. Since 1999, its online content and ads have been praised by Rolling Stone, Forbes.com, the Columbia Journalism Review, Chicago Tribune, PC Magazine and many others.

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