Published by the Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center
Voices From the Field
Energy security starts with using less energy far more efficiently
to do the same tasks. Then it gets that energy from sources that
are inherently invulnerable because they're dispersed, diverse,
and increasingly renewable.
The benefits of shifting away from reliance on fossil fuel include:
uninterruptable, distributed clean power resources, effortless
Kyoto compliance, cleaner quieter vehicles, world class engineers
that produce world class products and the economic advantage of
being among the first to supply wind, geothermal, solar and fuel
On the future of energy...
[In two decades] The energy industry's small players ... [are]
likely to be people like us - when we're not using the fuel cells
in our homes and cars, we'll plug them in to serve as Internet-
like "micropower" nodes supplying electricity to the grid.
Before September 11, energy efficiency was a no-lose proposition.
After September 11, the case for energy efficiency has become even
stronger, as America comes to grip with the security risks of
overdependence on oil from the Middle East... Since the Persian
Gulf region controls two-thirds of the world's proven oil reserves,
America's dependence on the Middle East will increase as long as
the nation uses so much oil so inefficiently. Greater efficiency
will reduce dependence on the Middle East and buy time for
development of clean, domestically produced petroleum alternatives,
including hydrogen fuel cells and bio-energy... Wasteful energy
consumption is a risky indulgence the nation can no longer afford.
More on efficiency...
At this time of increased public awareness of the link between
energy security and homeland security ... energy efficiency remains
the quickest, cheapest, cleanest way to reduce our nation's
dependence on foreign oil and increase national security.
On green building...
Building owners should seriously consider the benefits of green
technology as an available means of making buildings more safe.
As terrorism escalates, tenants will demand a safe and secure
environment. At the same time, these measures will improve indoor
air quality and increase peace of mind, thereby enhancing worker
On urban planning...
Designing communities so that people can walk or take mass transit
to their jobs or to the store, as they do in New York, Boston,
Philadelphia, Portland, Washington, and the nation's other great
cities is another means to reducing oil dependence and improving
On personal pollution...?
Despite fewer flyers, and many bars now being limited to ticketed
travelers only, airport bars have reported their business is back
to previous levels, some even report a rise in sales since 9/11.
On chemical facilities...
...chemical facilities are now under heightened security, as are
the nation's transportation systems, military sites, and government
properties. Better security is necessary, but in the long-term our
strategy should be to minimize our use of toxic chemicals
altogether, and the sooner the better.
Much terrorism - and counterterrorism action - will focus on urban
areas... Terrorists seeking to influence political conditions have
many incentives to attack urban targets.
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On the concept of prevention...
Structural, cultural, institutional, and statutory changes are
needed to secure the nation's critical infrastructure so that
terrorists have less incentive to target them and the nation can
respond quickly if they do.
On the big picture...
Pollution prevention is an important component of sound, sensible
environmental planning. ...I hear a high level of anxiety about
certain kinds of seemingly remote risks. Meanwhile, I wonder who
is trying to make the world safer for asthmatic children who live
in cities with high levels of air pollution or for the billion or
more citizens of our planet who lack clean drinking water. Let's
talk about how P2 can strengthen not just national security, but
the security of human needs, worldwide.
The only way to win World War III is to prevent it.
Cathy has worked at PPRC since 1997 (plus a volunteer stint
1995-96), focusing on research projects, workshop planning, and
facilitating discussions among P2 program managers in the Pacific
Northwest. Her unofficial title at PPRC is "Director of World
Change through Party Planning." Her "party planning" credentials
date back to her high school's Earth Day conference in the
mid-1970s, and include work in the mid-1990s planning seminars for
the multi-day Waste Information Expo hosted annually by King
County, WA Dept. of Ecology, and others.
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