According to the panelists, thanks to the nation's dependence on foreign oil, U.S. national, energy, environmental, and economical security is in jeopardy. [...] nuclear power and other alternative energy sources are widely implemented, the country's security remains at stake.
The Energy Front DEF program delves into improving efficiency in fossil fuel consumption and alternative energy sources as a national security issue. By Mary El Pearce, Special to The Officer most obviously against Ukraine. As a result of those energy I warfare acts, we’ve seen the dependency of Western Europe on t was an ominous prediction: “The energy crisis has not gas supplied by Russians as a palpable form of economic lever- yet overwhelmed us, but it will if we do not act quickly. It age on U.S. allies, Mr. Gaffney said. Meanwhile, al-Qaida at- is a problem we will not solve in the next few years, and tacks the oil infrastructure. it is likely to get progressively worse through the rest of this “U.S. troops protect the supply lines for energy production century.” for the whole world,” said Rep. Gene Green (D–Texas). “Much This prediction was uttered 32 years ago by then-President of our oil importing comes from hostile countries, and this not Jimmy Carter in a speech to the nation. The crisis was not only affects gas prices but also national security.” He said that solved in “the next few years” after his administration, and now the best option for America is energy independence, but the the nation is even closer to a state of insecurity due to insecure nation must implement alternative energy production, such as energy sources. solar, wind, nuclear, coal, natural gas, and geothermal. This was the topic tackled in a June forum sponsored by VADM Dennis McGinn, USN (Ret.), senior fellow in In- the Defense Education Forum ternational Security at the Rocky (DEF). Just as Congress across Mountain Institute, discussed a the street was beginning to take report released by the Center for up debate on the American Naval Analysis (Powering Ameri- Clean Energy and Security Act, ca’s Defense: Energy and the Risks panelists from the energy indus- to National Security, which can be try, Congress, and the military found on the Web at http://cna. gathered at ROA’s Minuteman Memorial Building to discuss org/documents/PoweringAmericasDefense.pdf ). The report the 21st century energy crisis, which looks much like the crisis came up with the following key conclusions: President Carter was forecasting three decades ago. • Continuing business as usual is perilous because of the According to the panelists, thanks to the nation’s depen- converging national security risks of energy demand and dence on foreign oil, U.S. national, energy, environmental, and climate change. economical security is in jeopardy. • We can pay now or pay later, when national security risks “Today we have unmistakable evidence that there is a nexus will worsen. between energy and security: economic security, national se- curity, environmental s
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