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RNP Press Release
October 23, 1998

Renewable Energy Group Marks 25th Anniversary of Oil Embargo with Top Ten List

To mark the 25th Anniversary of the OPEC oil embargo, and remind citizens of the risks of over-dependence on fossil fuels, Renewable Northwest today released "The Top Ten Things You Can Do For Energy Security." The list includes actions that will save energy, diversify our electricity system, reduce global warming gases, and create a more sustainable energy future for the Northwest.

"Despite the pain of long lines at the gas station and skyrocketing prices during the oil crises of the 1970s, the United States uses more foreign oil today than the country used in 1973," said Rachel Shimshak, director of Renewable Northwest, based in Portland, Oregon. "The good news is that we can do something about it by investing in renewable energy resources such as wind, solar, and geothermal that will benefit our economy and our environment, and keep our energy system clean and affordable for the long run," she added.
"We recommend the following Ten Things You Can Do To Increase Our Energy Security by reducing the use of fossil fuels and increasing the use of clean energy resources:
1. Ask your utility to purchase new renewable resources such as wind, solar and geothermal.
2. Insist that your elected officials support clean, renewable energy.
3. Buy a solar water heater, and /or put solar cells on your roof to produce electricity.
4. Install energy efficient products (e.g., compact fluorescent light bulbs, insulation, etc.) in your home and office.
5. Recycle household and office products, and purchase recyled products.
6. Ride MAX (in Portland), take the bus, bike, or carpool at least two times a week.
7. Patronize businesses that use clean energy.
8. Teach your children the conservation ethic.
9. Replace your most frequently used automobile with a fuel efficient car (32 mpg or more).
10. Become an active member of a local environmental organization.
Renewable Northwest is a regional advocacy organization promoting the implementation of solar, wind and geothermal resources in the Northwest.
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For more information contact:
Rachel Shimshak, Director
Renewable Northwest Project
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