Minnesota Alliance of Peacemakers is a Peace and Justice Organization based in Minneapolis, MN

On August 9, 2005, MAP’s Delegates went on record in support of the Apollo Alliance initiative.  The letters below were mailed August 17 to the addressees, as well as every member of the Minnesota Congressional delegation, our Senators, and the Democrat and Republican leadership of both the Minnesota House and Senate.

August 17, 2005
Governor Tim Pawlenty
Minnesota Capital Bldg
St. Paul, Minnesota

Dear Governor Pawlenty,

By consensus on August 9, 2005, representatives of the more than 60 organizations making up the Minnesota Alliance of Peacemakers, www.mapm.org, representing many thousands of individuals, call for your leadership and participation in a nation-wide project to achieve America’s independence from foreign oil within one generation, with major reliance on benign, renewable energy sources.

We think this astonishing goal is achievable, but not without the prompt and decisive leadership from political leaders at both the state and national levels. Seven governors have already signed on to the Apollo Project and are actively working on it. www.apolloalliance.org.  And, they have written President Bush calling for his leadership at the national level.

There are pressing problems caused by this nation’s dependence on foreign oil. We are convinced it jeopardizes national security, agitates terrorism, exacerbates global warming, slows technological innovation, diminishes American competitiveness, deepens our national deficit, and impedes environmental and economic sustainability.

Passing the current national energy bill does little to solve these conditions. The solution is not going to be in producing more oil at home or tapping more foreign sources. With U.S. oil reserves declining, world demand for oil rapidly increasing, and the ominous marker of world peak oil imminent, the way forward is clear. The solution is in using less oil, and finding cleaner sources of energy.

This is the also the goal of the Apollo Allance Project.  It is named after President Kennedy's 1962 Apollo initiative that took Americans to the moon in just ten years.  The new Apollo initiative is even bigger, more bold and critically urgent. It is a goal we are unwilling to postpone and one we intend to win. Not only will it bring out the best in us, we will be helping to ensure that future generations have a chance for meaningful lives.

The economic benefits accruing to Minnesota would be substantial. One recent study by the Perryman Group shows how Minnesota can add jobs and grow its economy through renewable energies.  It is estimated that:

  • We would create an additional $4.3 Billion of Economic Activity in Minnesota
  • 67,000 Jobs Created, including:
  • 13,000 New Manufacturing Jobs Created
  • 9,000 New Construction Jobs Created
  • $2.8 Billion of Increased Income

The Apollo Alliance is a major project and has Field Directors in every region of the country. The Midwest Field Director you should talk with is Bill Holland at 773-292-6006 holland@apolloalliance.org.   He told us, “Minnesota has a real opportunity to lead on clean energy policies. I'm happy to discuss this further.”   Again, details on the Apollo Project  can be found at www.apolloalliance.org.

Your reply to us is important and appreciated.  This is your opportunity to take a heroic stand.

Sincerely,

Dick Bernard

President, The Minnesota Alliance of Peacemakers

C: Senators Dean Johnson and Dick Day
Representatives Steve Sviggum, Erik Paulsen and Matt Entenza


August 17, 2005
President George Bush
The White House
Washington, D.C.

Dear Mr. President,

The more than 60 organizations making up the Minnesota Alliance of Peacemakers, representing many thousands of individuals, have endorsed this letter calling for your leadership on a bold national project to achieve America’s independence from foreign oil within one generation, with major reliance on benign, renewable energy sources.

We are writing in reference to the pressing problems caused by this nation’s dependence on foreign oil. We are convinced it jeopardizes national security, agitates terrorism, exacerbates global warming, slows technological innovation, diminishes American competitiveness, deepens our national deficit, and impedes environmental and economic sustainability.

Passing the current energy bill does little to solve these conditions. The solution is not going to be in producing more oil at home or tapping into more foreign sources. With U.S. oil reserves declining, world demand for oil rapidly increasing, and world peak oil only a few years away, the way forward is clear. The solution is in using less oil–not more, and producing cleaner, renewable forms of energy.

Weaning America from foreign oil with a new major reliance on benign, renewable energy sources is also the goal of the Apollo Allance Project. It is named after J.F.K.'s 1962 bold Apollo initiative that took Americans to the moon in just ten years. The new Apollo initiative is even bigger, bolder and critically urgent. It is a goal we must be unwilling to postpone, and one we intend to win.

Not only will it bring out the best in us, we will be helping to ensure future generations have a chance for meaningful lives. This initiative would also generate over three million jobs here in America through investment in alternative energy and energy efficiency. It would produce trillions of dollars in new private income and domestic investment.  It would help the US capture the growing green markets of the future – from super-efficient appliances to the next generation of automobiles. It would help counter global warming, and help reduce the spread of asthma and other respiratory diseases that take a harsh toll on American children. And, being free of America’s dependence on Persian Gulf oil, it would help ameliorate one cause of terrorism and resource wars.

Is this new Apollo goal achievable? We think it is, but not without the prompt and decisive leadership of a President whose policies and programs support achieving this goal. Isolated, voluntary commitments will not be enough. To be successful it must be a nationwide resolve and commitment. The Governors of seven states have already written to you asking that you declare energy independence a national priority. Without waiting, they have begun to work on it. Apollo will require a massive federal investment, up to $30 billion a year for 10 years. It’s affordable, if we begin moving away from oil, coal and nuclear industry subsidies, and the returns will be incalculable. We urge you to look at the bigger picture and get behind the Apollo Project. Taking this step will demonstrate unordinary courage and heroism on your part. Apollo Project details are on the web at www.apolloalliance.org.

Your reply to us is important and appreciated.

Sincerely,

Dick Bernard

President, The Minnesota Alliance of Peacemakers

C:  all Minnesota U.S. Senators and Representatives


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