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Energy - Request for Concurrence

The Energy Task Force of the League of Women Voters of the United States has re quested the national board to consider presenting to local leagues, for concurrence, a statement on energy which was drawn up by representatives from a number of states and approved in principle by the conferees.

ENERGY - REQUEST FOR CONCURRENCE cont.)

Concurrence is an old League idea seeing current reemphasis and is a technique to speed up the way study moves to the decision point. It basically means trusting that if you had the time to research the same issue, your conclusions would be similar with another League which has done the study. Concurrence operates every day within the League. 'Every new member concurs in program positions other members have previously reached So do members who move from one League to another. So do members unable to attend meetings. L) do all members when a position is adopted at the annual meeting or convention. In other words, you accept the-validity of the research and analysis process by which your peers arrive at a position.

The national board at its January meeting approved the Task Force's statement for presentation to local Leagues for their concurrence:

ENERGY CONSERVATION

*Energy conservation must be a part of any national or state energy policy,

*Public understanding and cooperation are essential to the success of any program of energy conservation; citizens should be involved in the difficult choices that must be made.

*Implementation of energy conservation must

  • take full 'account of economic consequences

  • distribute costs and hardships as fairly as possible without bearing unduly upon the poor

  • give full consideration to the environment.

*Wise use of energy resources will

  • buy time to decide oh other long range energy-related policies and programs

  • enable Americans to act as responsible citizens of the world community.

MEMBERS PRESENT AT MARCH GENERAL VOTED UNANIMOUSLY TO CONCUR WITH THIS STATEMENT.

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