national day of action for an oil-free congress

For what it’s worth, I really like the new direction in which MoveOn is headed. Their recent campaign to get members of Congress to stop accepting contributions from oil companies is spot-on. It’s timely, it cuts across traditional party lines, and it draws attention to 1) the reasons for our being in Iraq, 2) the need for substantive campaign finance reform, and 3) our continued dependence of foreign oil. Here’s a clip from today’s MoveOn missive:

Tomorrow (Wednesday) is the big day: thousands of MoveOn members from Nashville, Tennessee to Phoenix, Arizona will come together at more than 300 rallies across the country to demand an “oil-free” future.

Tomorrow’s National Day of Action is really important because this weekend is the 4th of July holiday and gas prices are on everyone’s minds. We need to seize this moment to make sure the media and the public know that the Republican addiction to oil money is keeping gas prices high and holding America back from the clean energy future that we desperately need…

As we write this email, Republicans are using the national frustration with gas prices as an excuse to push through even more giveaways to Big Oil instead of getting serious about clean energy alternatives that can move us away from oil.

Why? Because the oil industry has bought the majority stake in the Republican party. Big Oil has given hundreds of millions of dollars in campaign contributions to Republicans and in return, Big Oil has received billions in subsidies from Congress.

We can’t afford Congress’ addiction to oil money anymore. It keeps gas prices high, keeps us dependent on the Middle East and is blocking progress on a clean energy future,

Congress needs to know that we’re paying attention. We need them to start working for us, not Big Oil. Tomorrow we’re going to make it clear that we want an oil-free, clean energy future and we want it now.

Can you join us on our National Day of Action for an “Oil-Free” Congress?

Renewable and alternative energy sources, like biofuels, hybrids, solar and wind power are ready today, but Congress’s addiction to oil money is holding us back. Breaking the addiction to oil is the first step towards energy independence and the clean energy future we all want.

For those of you interested in participating, three protests are planned for S.E. Michigan. All will be taking place on Wednesday, July 28, 2006 at 5:00 PM. (I can’t go, as I have meetings at 5:30 and 7:00, but I’d really like to. If any of you do go, I’d appreciate a report that I could post here at

– Mobil gas station at 16 Mile & Ryan
Sterling Heights, MI

– Mobil gas station at Woodward and 13 Mile
Royal Oak, MI

– Arborland Marathon station
3555 Washtenaw Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI
Link to RSVP

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  1. egpenet
    Posted June 28, 2006 at 12:09 am | Permalink

    Can we get back to the advanced clean coal utilities debate so DTE can get its plans off the drawing board? And since Ford and GM are abandoning us (good riddance) … why not send a deleegation to recruit an electric car company to build a plant here … is theree such a company? Should we start one? And why isn’t Ypsi a Kyoto signatory. I know my carbon footprint, do YOU? And why is the Food Co-op in Depot Town the only building in the city with power cells on the roof? Here’s something for the candidates to fight about … getting Ypsi OFF THE GRID.

  2. mark
    Posted June 28, 2006 at 7:19 am | Permalink

    A little nuclear plant on that banks of the Huron perhaps?

  3. egpenet
    Posted June 28, 2006 at 8:56 am | Permalink

    Sure … but NMBI. Put it across from the Peninsula Paper Apartments … just up river from the floating Depot Town Potawatami Casino tied along the banks of Frog Island.

  4. Watson
    Posted October 6, 2009 at 8:02 am | Permalink

    I wonder what happened with this campaign.

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