Questions means to end of foreign-oil reliance

Questions means to end of foreign-oil reliance

You carried a full-page ad June 18 featuring the face of Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The ad advocates the end to America’s reliance on foreign oil. This is surely a worthy goal, but the chief means it recommends for achieving it are highly questionable, if not counterproductive.

First, it recommends what it calls “energy security policy,” which will “move our nation dramatically towards reduced energy dependence.” So is the target “energy” or “foreign oil”? If it is “energy,” this is the life-blood of our economy and our prosperity, so this recommendation would impoverish our country.

Second, it urges us to deal with “climate change,” a goal by no means universally accepted, and whose implementation, as proposed up till now, would also weaken the United States.

If you Google DONTFUNDTERROR.ORG, the sponsor of the ad, you will be urged to “petition our senators to support energy security policy and climate change.” It seems to me that DONTFUNDTERROR.ORG declares a drive to end reliance on foreign oil, which then morphs into a campaign for climate change legislation (i.e., cap and trade) and reduced energy use.

I can’t but believe that Ahmadinejad would heartily endorse these recommendations.

Editor’s note: Signing on to the ad were the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, B’nai B’rith International, Hadassah, the American Jewish Committee, the Anti-Defamation League, the Union fo Reform Judaism, the Orthodox Union, the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, the Jewish War Veterans of the United States, the National Council of Jewish Women, the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation, Women’s League for Conservative Judaism, the American Jewish Congress, the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life, and the International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists.