Friday, March 1, 1991

Tell the Bush Administration what we think about his National Energy Tragedy!

Threshold (SEAC national magazine), pages 24-25 (centerfold), March 1991

poster designed by Ericka Kurz
SEAC National Campaign Coordinator

WE DEMAND:
conservation
renewables
energy efficiency
RIGHT NOW.


The Declaration of Energy Independence

Threshold (SEAC national magazine), page 23, March 1991

by Ericka Kurz
SEAC National Campaign Coordinator

Around the world and in this nation we face a crisis - a crisis of dependence on nonrenewable resources which threaten our health, defeat democracy and drive us to war. Oil and nuclear power as sources of energy pollute our neighborhoods with petrochemical waste and radioactive toxics. Oil and nuclear power as industries wield their tremendous financial influence to corrupt our government and undermine public interest.

Safe and democratic energy alternatives are as readily available as the sun and the wind. But their utilization will require the dismantling of the oil and nuclear oligopolies which currently control our energy production. The departure from limited and dangerous energy resources and the transition to sustainable ones, which will benefit the citizens of this nation and beyond, must be mandated and led by our highest elected representatives. But increasingly we see that our representatives no longer stand for the will of the people. They have been bought by oil dollars and industry lobbies.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all people are created equal, and as citizens of the world have the right to secure their freedom, independence, and destiny. That at the base of these pursuits lies the production of energy: with it we build our infrastructure, maintain our agriculture and express ourselves as creative beings; and that energy should benefit the many who use it, not the few who produce it. That to revitalize and sustain our economy and democracy, we must put in place a decentralized system of efficient, renewable energy.

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Saving Our Future from Oil (by Ericka Kurz)

Saving Our Energy and Ecological Future from Oil: Targeting BP and API

Threshold (SEAC national magazine), page 11, March 1991

by Ericka Kurz
SEAC National Campaign Coordinator

BP (British Petroleum) Campaign

BP is the Biggest Producer of American oil, is one-half responsible for the "Exxon Valdez" oil spill, owns a refinery and chemical plant in Lima, Ohio which produces more toxic waste than any other facility in the entire northeastern US (the death rates for cancer in Lima are way high), and ranks as the world's third Biggest Polluter. Combine that with their strong anti-environmental lobby, and BP is a Big Problem we can't afford to ignore.

The goals of the BP campaign are to empower folks to take on these important issues, to pressure BP to clean up their act, and to promote the transition from oil dependency to renewable energy sources...

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SEAC's Energy Independence Campaign (by Ericka Kurz)

Threshold (SEAC national magazine), page 10, March 1991

by Ericka Kurz
SEAC National Campaign Coordinator

Getting as many people as possible to sign onto the Declaration of Energy Independence (an economics and energy equivalent to the original Declaration of Independence) will serve as a petition for citizens' input into our National Energy Strategy (NES), which has been denied by the President and his administration...

NATIONAL ACTION FOR ENERGY INDEPENDENCE
In D.C. plus other locations (Friday, April 12)
AND WEEKEND GATHERING (Sat/Sun, Apr. 13/14)

We SEACsters will be gathering in D.C. for some stunts, marching, speaking-out, and grassroots lobbying. We'll be letting Congress, President Bush and the nation know that our generation demands an end to the oil and nuclear empires and and the beginning of a system of democratic, efficient, renewable energy! We'll present Congress with our Declaration of Energy Independence, then spend Saturday and Sunday in D.C. strategizing for the future of our Energy Independence Campaign...

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SEAC National Campaign Coordinator Report (by Ericka Kurz)

Threshold (SEAC national magazine), page 7, March 1991

by Ericka Kurz
SEAC National Campaign Coordinator

Hello, I'm Ericka Kurz, a senior at UNC with a very low grade-point. I'm sort of an old lady around here; I've been doing this SEAC thing since the spring of '89, when I became SEAC co-chair at the Campus Y. I was appointed campaign coordinator last June. It's been one hell of an experience witnessing this movement grow, and as you can imagine, I'm slightly burned out but still a true believer. When I graduate in May I'll probably do something a little more low key for a while like selling hot pretzels on a sidewalk.

To give you an idea of how the SEAC Campaign works (and how I as campaign coordinator fit into the picture), I'll outline the way in which our current Corporate Accountability Campaign came into being and how all of us in SEAC will continue to determine our campaign activities in the future...

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