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Pedal Power solutions to petroleum dependence and polluting vehicles: Arcata Library Bikes, Pedal Power Produce, and more!

CAOE - Committee Against Oil Exploration - stop offshore oil drilling to protect sensitive habitats and cut petroleum dependence.

Culture Change through music! The Depavers eco-rock!

Take our Pledge for Climate Protection and learn about the Global Warming Crisis Council.

SEI hometown action!
Arcata city council's proclamation against war on Iraq and Kyoto Protocol proclamation.

Overpopulation has become a reality.  Overpopulation Resources and News Tidbits

Sail Transport Network

Fact Sheets
Press Releases

Long Distance


Protesting the bloody Iraq Occupation and U.S. policies

It is a journalistic coup for the cause of peace: had as its lead editorial by Senator Ernest Hollings, on "The United States has lost its Moral Authority" June 23, 2004.

International A.N.S.W.E.R. Marches and rallies

Nick Berg's death surrounded by discrepancies; video questioned

Abu Ghraib Prisoner AbuseIraqi POWs and detainees have been abused, tortured and killed by U.S. and U.K. forces.  The release of graphic and sexual-abuse photos should help anyone understand why future strikes against the U.S. including civilians are most likely.  See more photos of Iraqis, released in late April 2004, like the ones here.

Iraqis forced into human pyramid

War crimes denied by U.S.: decide for yourself.  Read Associate Press report on Fallujah's Iraqi victims.

Was the Marine's Fallujah retreat due to the torture "Allegations" about to hit the world media?  Read a letter to the Washington Post.

Read a first-hand report on Washington, DC's rally and march, April 10, 2004 and read about other cities' protests.  Get contact info to get involved.

A.N.S.W.E.R. gets protests going - read communiquÈ

A marine's gung-ho Fallujah report: "It will be a cold day in Hell before we are taken for granted again." 

The Iraq War is a nuclear war, says geologist specializing in depleted uranium

How about disarming Arab and Islamic vengeance by renouncing oil gluttony ?  It's time for a new movement.  Read The coming global catastrophe ó and ways to preempt it

A growing list of cities holding demonstrations can be found at (this page includes downloadable flyers and is updated frequently) 
Read the Call to Action: IRAQ AT THE BOILING POINT

No War for Oil!
Solutions to driving over our ecological cliff - whether preventing war or during "peace"


Upon leaving office, George Washington warned that a government of overwhelming power "is not reason. . . . It is a force like fire, a dangerous servant and a terrible master."
- Nat Hentoff on the reach of the USA Patriot Act, writing in the Village Voice, Nov. 15, 2002.  The impending Dept. of Homeland Security will allow further invasion into privacy and treatment of innocent civilians as suspect and guilty.  Also, over a quarter million troops are to be mobilized on U.S. soil for the war on Iraq, more than the number of troops headed to Iraq.  A San Francisco Chronicle columnist spoke of the feds' trend with  this headline: "Fascism Comes On Little Cat Feet" (Nov. 18, 2002)   

Town Portrait for Peace
Port Townsend, Wash., Oct. 27, 2002   by David Conklin
"A new world is possible, and we pledge to make it real."

Resistance is mounting against war on Iraq.  It's hard to influence national governments, but if enough of us get out into the streets and demonstrate, positive changes will come. For example, local governments are listening to their citizens and sending a message to the White House and the world.  Read the city of Arcata, California's proclamation, to which Sustainable Energy Institute/Culture Change contributed in the drafting.

"A violent culture is not the only one conceivable," was our response in Culture Change magazine to the 9-11 attacks.  The U.S. government has an oily foreign policy history which led up to this "War OF Terrorism."  We know from our petroleum-industry background here at Sustainable Energy Institute that in our overpopulated society, driving cars and consuming manufactured goods are again bringing on war for oil.  We are heartened that resistance to war is mounting along with consciousness that we must graduate from massive fossil fuel dependence.  

Read "Spare Iraq and the atmosphere, avoid oil shock" by the environmental movement's well known oil-industry analyst Jan Lundberg.  To complement the vision of a petroleum-free future, peace must be attained now and forever for sustainable security.  See Not In Our Name, below, as one excellent way to get active now!

For more information about the war on Iraq read:
Understanding the U.S.-Iraq crisis: A primer by Phyllis Bennis


Click here to go to the NOT IN OUR NAME website

Not In Our Name


Let it not be said that people in the United States did nothing when their government declared a war without limit and instituted stark new measures of repression.

The signers of this statement call on the people of the U.S. to resist the policies and overall political direction that have emerged since September 11, 2001, and which pose grave dangers to the people of the world.

We believe that peoples and nations have the right to determine their own destiny, free from military coercion by great powers. We believe that all persons detained or prosecuted by the United States government should have the same rights of due process. We believe that questioning, criticism, and dissent must be valued and protected. We understand that such rights and values are always contested and must be fought for.

Click here to read the remainder of statement and go to the NOT IN OUR NAME WEBSITE


Sustainable Energy Institute and Culture Change promote sustainable living in recognition of natural limits on technology.  In 1990 we formed the Alliance for a Paving Moratorium largely as a peace proposal, during the buildup of the first Gulf War.  Now the world is at even greater risk, as the limitations on invading Iraq - recognized by the first President Bush - are not being heeded by George II.  In response to this latest global threat, we offer this analysis: Ending U.S. Oil Tyranny.

In addition to stopping new road construction to stop sprawl wherever we could, we have launched projects such as Pedal Power Produce toward local-based food security.  Petroleum in effect feeds most of the planet, but oil's running out.  Demanding no more war for oil is excellent, but will go nowhere if oil consumption is not slashed now.  Energy consumption is out of control in industrial societies, twice as bad in the U.S. and in Europe.  Business as usual constitutes the main threat to life.  Wars serve as a distraction from the reality of the ongoing war on the planet waged by U.S. and transnational corporations seeking profits and control over all countries.

We have ideas on how to slash energy consumption while securing a better way of living.  This cultural change can be brought about by some simple programs.  One is to end new oil exploration such as offshore drilling: join the Committee Against Oil Exploration.  For acting locally to change globally, take the Pledge for Climate Protection to cut petroleum dependence and heal the land.  Thank you for helping to create a greater sense of community.  And don't forget to cut down on guzzling oil now, if we are to achieve Peace!

Comedy corner:

The world environment takes another hit from oil: read about the oil tanker disaster off Spain and Portugal.  

- Take heed of the warning from "the green pope" on war with Iraq.

In Florence around 400,000 people protested war on Iraq, globalization - click here.

- Thousands protested at Rumsfeld's house in New Mexico: read about it.

Other resources for peace:
Fall Protest information:  No Blood for Oil is a well-organized protest group that runs buses of folks to rallies.  Check out

- Tax resisters raise interesting arguments, and here are some who understand oil.  Check out for report on world oil production's peaking now, and see the website founder's further oil analysis.

- is a well put together calendar and announcement system for worldwide protests against global corporate players' scams and devastations of the environment. 

- A new book on the hidden casualties of the 1990-'91 Gulf War would give anyone pause, when considering whether to repeat more such devastation -- on more than just Iraq, as it happens.  See ucts/1556431635.html

- Oil depletion warning in The Oil Endgame is Here; see links from

 - For a tax-revenue analyst's view of the costs of war on Iraq, see Ralph Martire's column from the Chicago Sun-Times, Oct. 5, 2002, which sounds the alarm that Social Security funds will have to pay for the war and the rebuilding of Iraq, now that the federal surplus has been squandered by Bush for the wealthiest 1 per cent of Americans.  Read about it at

- Get informed about a division of the Center for Libertarian Studies.

- Check out Voices of the Wilderness at which conducts a Campaign to end the Economic Sanctions Against the People of Iraq.

- Analysis of Bush's Oct. 7 speech on Iraq, from the Institute for Public Accuracy

- For updates from the mainstream press, see for such stories as "CIA Report Contradicts Bush Warnings on Iraq" (Associated Press):

Park It For Peace
You're invited to Park It For Peace! Just recently a group of people discussing what could be done to promote peace and consume less gasoline (thus reducing the demand for Iraq's oil) came up with this idea: every Monday we'll park our cars at home and either walk, bicycle, or use public transportation to get to work or whatever. Although this effort originates in Bellingham, Washington, there are hopes of the "movement" spreading throughout the nation. If enough people begin to Park It For Peace, eventually even the oil companies will feel the impact. It's one small step concerned people can take to promote a healthier environment and peace. For more information, contact Shirley Osterhaus at 360-734-5176. Monday would be a great day to join those who Park It For Peace!


Articles of interest:
Anti-globalization protest grows, with tangible results.  WTO protests page

Tax fossil-fuel energy easily
by Peter Salonius

UK leader calls War on Terror "bogus"

Argentina bleeds toward healing by Raul Riutor

The oil industry has plans for you: blow-back by Jan Lundberg

It's not a war for oil? by Adam Khan

How to create a pedestrian mall by Michelle Wallar

The Cuban bike revolution

How GM destroyed the U.S. rail system excerpts from the film "Taken for a Ride".

"Iraqi oil not enough for US: Last days of America?"

Depaving the world by Richard Register

Roadkill: Driving animals to their graves by Mark Matthew Braunstein

The Hydrogen fuel cell technofix: Spencer Abraham's hydrogen dream.

Ancient Forest Protection in Northern California. Forest defenders climb trees to save them.

Daniel Quinn's thoughts on this website.

A case study in unsustainable development is the ongoing crisis in Palestine and Israel.

Renewable and alternative energy information.

Conserving energy at home (Calif. Title 24)



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