No one knows better than the US military that our dependence on fossil fuels comes with enormous hidden costs. In this Op-Ed in the Tampa Tribune three retired generals and one retired admiral discuss the hundreds of soldiers who have died and the thousands of their brother-in-arms who have been seriously wounded guarding fuel convoys in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Our military has long known about the overarching threat to our security from unchecked global warming.
Reducing our dependence on oil and building a clean energy future will require work on a wide variety of fronts – and that is why CLF is working not only to foster renewable generation like wind and solar power but also working “on the demand side” to ensure that energy efficiency prosper as well.
This is a challenge that stretches far beyond the realm of electricity use or heating or cooling buildings and homes. We use enormous amounts of energy in our transportation sector. We can be more efficient and reduce our fossil fuel use by driving cleaner cars that get more miles per gallon. We also can build and operate transit systems that move masses of people in a far more efficient manner. Even just building sidewalks and more “walkable” communities reduces driving, fuel consumption and emissions.
Pushing for better transit, more sidewalks, more efficient buildings, the retirement of old coal plants and wind and solar power might seem very far removed from the effort to protect the nation, but it really isn’t such a stretch and it is part of what drives forward the work of organizations like CLF and our many friends, allies and partners.