Few dispute that increasing reliance on renewable energy will help combat climate change. An argument for renewable energy that receives less attention is the growing and important role these homegrown energy sources now play in our national security. According to the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), the U.S. Congress and national security experts have long recognized the “compelling national security advantages of renewable power. ”[1] According to their Issue Brief on the topic, the DOD has been working to “deploy renewable energy technologies at U.S. military facilities in our country and elsewhere to reduce risk from exposed fuel lines and causalities associated with fuel-supply convoys.”[2]

We recently had the opportunity to dive deeper into this important topic at a luncheon with Lieutenant General Richard Zilmer, Retired, and representatives from the Christian Coalition of America and the Young Conservatives for Energy Reform. Listen to their views on how renewable energy fits into discussions around making our cities more resilient and protecting our country and those who serve it.

 

[1] The Role of Renewable Energy in National Security, ACORE Issue Brief, October 2018

[2] The Role of Renewable Energy in National Security, ACORE Issue Brief, October 2018