Which of the energy sources we favor should we mention by name in an FCNL policy statement? None of them. Unless we are willing to undertake the task of understanding the complex details and then staying current in our knowledge, we should let the experts make specific recommendations. A policy is intended to guide us over a period of time, through changing geopolitical realities and technology.
We should, however, mention fossil fuel by name. The world's scientists have gone ballistic on the issues of global climate change. They have as a body come to the world's governments and to the public with their concerns. They have not united in this manner with recommendations on any other energy source.
We ask that FCNL revise its energy policy to more accurately reflect
Right use and sharing of the world's resources are crucial to human survival and welfare. Energy policy should not be based on narrow short-term commercial, military, or national interests, but on long-term global concerns. All people of this world need access to energy for personal needs and development of their community.
A central part of our energy policy must be conservation: significantly increased efficiency and major changes in our manner of living. These are essential to meeting the energy needs of people throughout the world today and in the future, to lessen the likelihood that war will be used to gain or protect energy sources and to reduce the dangers to health and the natural environment. Some of these changes will have large effects on our lives.
The price of energy should reflect its true cost, including the cost of pollution. All energy sources pollute the world and affect human life, but we are most concerned with the extreme risk posed by fossil fuels, both now and in the future.
We recommend that the US: