Statement of Sierra
Club President Jennifer Ferenstein on Iraq War
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 UN inspectors to disarm and destroy
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
a peaceful, lawful, UN-sanctioned disarmament.
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.
While honest people
can disagree about the primary reasons for this conflict, no
one can disagree that Iraq is strategically
to our country and the world because of its oil reserves.
No matter how long the conflict lasts, we will find ourselves
situation again unless the US and other nations act decisively
to cut our dependence on oil and other fossil fuels.
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
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
and save lives.