Posts Tagged ‘Energy Efficiency and National Security’

Energy and National Security

May 4, 2011

I know, I know, I’ve been harping on this lately.  But only because it is really important.  Our security is inextricably linked to our energy use.  And increasing enerfy-efficiency, is a key part of this.

It was interesting, therefore, to see an article in the NY Times yesterday about this very issue, A National Security Strategy That Doesn’t Focus on Threats.  It discusses the connection between sustainability and national security–and a paper written not by Greenpeace, but by two high-level military strategists.

So often, the military has led the country, on social issues, with technological advances.  And it looks like they’re doing it again.  We should pay attention.  Energy-efficiency is not just a feel-good, personal virtue.  It is a national imperative, and we can all play a role, starting at home.

Veterans for Energy Efficiency

October 26, 2010

If Mike’s posts last week on Hawaii and Kansas didn’t convince you that there are all sorts of people out there who are interested in energy efficiency for all sorts of reasons, check out this article in Onearth.

The article describes Operation Free, a group of young military veterans who volunteer their time to tell their stories of how America’s dependence on fossil fuels plays out in a war zone. They believe America must cut its consumption of fossil fuels in order to maintain its competitive edge in the word arena.

Perspectives vary.  Retired U.S. Army Captain Drew Sloan is quoted, (paralleling testimony he gave before Congress).

“Whenever anyone attacks the science of climate change, they ridicule the data as being uncertain,” Sloan says. “Veterans know you can’t wait for 100 percent certainty. If you wait until everything is clear and laid out, you’re probably no longer alive. Or if you are still alive, you’ve definitely lost because someone else has seized the advantage. Veterans know how to deal with ambiguity and still make decisions.”

In the words of former CIA director James Woolsey, “America’s billion-dollar-a-day dependence on oil makes us vulnerable to unstable and unfriendly regimes.”

The motivation of many  is national security, but there are many reasons people are becoming more and more interested in, and passionate about energy efficiency.

This article reinforces an emerging truth: Energy efficiency and minimizing our impact on the environment are not left vs. right issues.


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