Last week CleanTX had the pleasure of moderating a panel featuring Michael Morford of Operation Free, Jim Morin from the Truman National Security Project, and Cathy Redson from Native Solar. For this event we watched the documentary Age of Consequence, and followed with a discussion on climate change and how this can affect national security. Michael and Jim, both military veterans, provided incredible insight on the realities of being a soldier out in the field and how renewable energy can greatly help with security. Jim pointed out that when soldiers deploy they have to bring gasoline with them to power their communication equipment and other essential tools for survival. It’s someone’s job to hike with gallons of gasoline on their back for miles to remote areas. Cathy made the excellent point that with portable solar panels, soldiers could power their equipment using renewable energy and save soldiers from having to carry gasoline. Michael also brought up the excellent point that one of the greatest costs the military has is shipping fuel and water out to remote places. With renewable energy and smart water technology the military could significantly cut down on cost. Cathy had also mentioned that solar panels are safer for soldiers to use out in the field than diesel generators. Generators make a lot of noise when in use that can give away a soldier’s position, putting them in great danger.
Operation Free is a coalition of veterans and national security experts who believe oil dependence and climate change pose threats to our national security. They advocate for securing America with clean energy at all levels of government for:
-Policies that support reducing America’s dependence on oil.
-Policies that support the military’s investments in clean energy technology.
-Policies that fight climate disruption.
-Policies that make the U.S. more competitive.
Learn more at: http://operationfree.net
The Truman National Security Project is a nationwide membership of diverse leaders inspired to serve in the aftermath of 9/11 and committed to shaping and advocating for tough, smart national security solutions. They are united in the belief that America is strongest when we stand with our allies to lead, support, and defend a growing global community of free people and just societies. Learn more at: http://trumanproject.org
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Age of Consequence is an excellent documentary with eye opening footage of how climate change is affecting people around the world. The film is available for streaming on iTunes, Amazon Prime and Vimeo On Demand.
Watch the trailer below: