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General Under Petraeus in Iraq Backs Clean Energy Plan in New National Ad

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PUBLISHED: July 19, 2010


"It's time for our senators to choose: Pass a clean energy climate plan that makes us more secure... or let America keep paying the price."

WASHINGTON, DC - Brigadier General Steven Anderson (Ret.), Chief of Logistics in Iraq under General David Petraeus, calls for the U.S. Senate to pass a Clean Energy plan in a new television ad launched today, citing how our dependence on oil has led to American deaths in the warzone.

The ad can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fO3RUCeZUYs

The television spot is an over half a million dollar buy on national cable, with versions of the ad running in four states - North Dakota, Arkansas, Virginia, and West Virginia.  The full script with backup is below.

In the ad, General Anderson says, "Our troops are getting killed moving fuel we wouldn't need if our military was more efficient -- and our enemies know we're hooked on their oil.... That's why breaking our addiction must not only be a military priority, but America's mission, and why the Senate needs to pass a clean energy climate plan."

"It's time for our senators to choose: Pass a clean energy climate plan that makes us more secure... or let America keep paying the price," he concludes.

General Anderson's call for more energy independence and a move off of fossil fuels is the latest in a steady stream of both active and retired military calling for a clean energy revolution. 

According to the Christian Science Monitor, a memo written by deputies of Major General Richard Zilmer in 2006 called for more renewable sources of energy, in a Priority One request to the Pentagon, writing, until such energy sources are made available, U.S. troops "will remain unnecessarily exposed" and will "continue to accrue preventable ... serious and grave casualties"

This year, the Pentagon's Quadrennial Defense Review cited global climate change as a security threat, stating, "Climate change and energy are two key issues that will play a significant role in shaping the future security environment. Although they produce distinct types of challenges, climate change, energy security and economic stability are inextricably linked."  Additionally, the Pentagon has been "war gaming" the effects of climate change, to gauge the effect environmental strife would have on our own military's commitments around the world.

And, earlier this year, a compelling poll of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans commissioned by VoteVets.org, found that 73 percent of them support Clean Energy Climate Change legislation in Congress, 79 percent believe ending our dependence on foreign oil is important to national security.

General Anderson, a career military officer, retired from active duty in November 2009. During that time, he served on the Army Staff in the Pentagon as the Director, Operations and Logistics Readiness, Office of the Army Deputy Chief of Staff, and served five years as a general officer in the US Army, including 15 months as the senior US and coalition logistician in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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Gen. Anderson:Moving fuel in a combat zone. It's a job that's cost over a thousand American lives.

 


Gen. Anderson: I should know. I was the Chief of Logistics in Iraq working for General Petraeus.


Visual: Steven Anderson, Brigadier General, US Army [Ret.]


Gen. Anderson Served The Senior Logistician Under Gen. Petraeus In Iraq. "General Anderson, 53, brings more than 31 years' experience in US Department of Defense operations. Anderson, a career military officer, retired from active duty in November 2009. Most recently, he served on the Army Staff in the Pentagon as the Director, Operations and Logistics Readiness, Office of the Army Deputy Chief of Staff. Prior to that he served for five years as a general officer in the US Army, including 15 months as the senior US and coalition logistician in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom." [BusinessWire, 4/16/10]


Gen. Anderson: Our troops are getting killed moving fuel we wouldn't need if our military was more efficient -- and our enemies know we're hooked on their oil.


Iran alone makes a hundred million dollars extra every day because of it.


Visual: $100 Million Every Day

A Senior Military Official Stationed In Iraq Penned A Memo Requesting Energy Efficient Vehicles, To Protect The Troops."Calling for more energy in the middle of oil-rich Iraq might sound odd to some. But not to Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Richard Zilmer, whose deputies on July 25 sent the Pentagon a ‘Priority 1' request for ‘a self-sustainable energy solution' including ‘solar panels and wind turbines.' The memo may be the first time a frontline commander has called for renewable-energy backup in battle. Indeed, it underscores the urgency: Without renewable power, US forces ‘will remain unnecessarily exposed' and will ‘continue to accrue preventable ... serious and grave casualties,' the memo says." [Christian Science Monitor9/7/06]


By Reducing Oil Consumption In Iraq, American Forces Will Be Less Vulnerable To Insurgents."Despite desert temperatures, the hot ‘thermal signature' of a diesel generator can call enemy attention to US outposts, experts say. With convoys still vulnerable to ambush, the fewer missions needed to resupply outposts with JP-8 fuel to run power generators - among the Army's biggest fuel guzzlers - the better, the memo says. ‘By reducing the need for [petroleum] at our outlying bases, we can decrease the frequency of logistics convoys on the road, thereby reducing the danger to our marines, soldiers, and sailors,' reads the unclassified memo posted on the websiteInsideDefense.com, a defense industry publication that first reported its existence last month." [Christian Science Monitor9/7/06]

 

Each Marine Brigade Consumes At Least A Half Million Gallons Of Fuel Each Day. "The staggering cost of the war highlights an aspect of asymmetric warfare which is worth noting: the insurgent has a huge advantage on the financial front. While a Marine Corps combat brigade, for example, burns up around 500,000 gallons of fuel a day (or $24 million, at an average of $48 per gallon), the marines' insurgent enemies use a tiny fraction of that. They ride around in pickup trucks, or walk. They do not move in Humvees that average four miles per gallon. The cost-benefit advantage the insurgents enjoy in combat occasionally features on jihadist websites. One video clip makes the point that an improvised explosives device that costs $30 to make can knock out a $3.2 million Bradley Armored Fighting Vehicle." [Reuters12/17/09]

 

Gen. Anderson: That's why breaking our addiction must not only be a military priority, but America's mission... and why the Senate needs to pass a clean energy climate plan.


Visual: Clean Energy Climate Plan

The American Power Act Will Reduce Carbon Pollution By 80 Percent By 2050. According to the executive summary of the American Power Act, the bill would reduce carbon pollution by 17 percent in 2020 and by over 80 percent in 2050. [Kerry, 5/12/10]


  • An 80 Percent Reduction Of Carbon Emissions By 2050, Would Cut Iran's Oil Revenue By $1.8 Trillion Or $100 Million A Day.An analysis by the Center for American Progress's WonkRoom concluded that an 80 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions from 1990 levels would eliminate $1.8 trillion in Iranian oil revenue or $100 million a day. [Center for American Progress,4/9/10]


Pentagon: "Climate Change, Energy Security And Economic Stability Are Inextricably Linked."In 2010, the Department of Defense released the Quadrennial Defense Review and for the first time ever, the report included a section on climate change. The report said that "Climate change and energy are two key issues that will play a significant role in shaping the future security environment. Although they produce distinct types of challenges, climate change, energy security and economic stability are inextricably linked." [New York Times2/1/10]


  • The Department Of Defense Is Already Incorporating Environmentally Conscious Policies To Address Climate Change."Climate change and energy will play significant roles in the future security environment. The Department is developing policies and plans to manage the effects of climate change on its operating environment, missions, and facilities. The Department already performs environmental stewardship at hundreds of DoD installations throughout the United States, working to meet resource efficiency and sustainability goals. We must continue incorporating geostrategic and operational energy considerations into force planning, requirements development, and acquisition processes." [Department of Defense,2/1/10]

The Pentagon and State Department Consider U.S. Dependence on Foreign Oil and Global Warming to be a Threat to National Security. "The Pentagon and the State Department have studied issues arising from dependence on foreign sources of energy for years but are only now considering the effects of global warming in their long-term planning documents. The Pentagon will include a climate section in the Quadrennial Defense Review, due in February; the State Department will address the issue in its new Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review." [New York Times8/8/09]

 

Gen. Anderson: It'll put Americans to work developing new energy technologies that'll save lives overseas, make us less dependent and more secure.

 

So we see less of this... and more of this.

 

A Berkley University Study Concluded That Comprehensive Climate Legislation Could Create Up To 1.9 Million Jobs. "A New analysis by the University of California shows conclusively that climate policy will strengthen the U.S. economy as a whole. Full adoption of the ACES package of pollution reduction and energy efficiency measures would create between 918,000 and 1.9 million new jobs, increase annual household income by $487-$1,175 per year, and boost GDP by $39 billion-$111 billion. These economic gains are over and above the growth the U.S. would see in the absence of such a bill." [UC Berkley, 9/28/09]


Gen. Anderson: It's time for our senators to choose: keep spending a billion dollars a day on foreign oil or produce more power here at home.


Visual: $1 Billion


Pass a clean energy climate plan that makes us more secure... or let America keep paying the price.


Visual: Tell Congress: A Clean Energy Climate Plan Makes America More Secure


 

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