The Dernogalizer

July 19, 2010

General Under Patraeus in Iraq Backs Clean Energy Plan

GENERAL UNDER PETRAEUS IN IRAQ BACKS CLEAN ENERGY PLAN IN NEW NATIONAL AD

“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 inIraq 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 ofIraq 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

VoteVets.org is a pro-military organization ofIraq and Afghanistan veterans, dedicated to the destruction of terror networks around the world, with force when necessary.  It primarily focuses on education and advocacy on issues of importance to the troops and veterans, and holding politicians accountable for their actions on these issues.

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May 28, 2010

Excellent Vote Vets Oil Spill Video

Filed under: Energy/Climate,National Politics — Matt Dernoga @ 12:18 am
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This recent Vote Vets oil spill video does a great job of calling for the US to end our oil dependence by passing clean energy legislation.

April 7, 2010

New Poll of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans Finds Overwhelming Support For Clean Energy Climate Legislation

The following is a press release by VoteVets, who continues to make a strong case for comprehensive clean energy and climate legislation to protect our national security.

Vets launch compelling national and state television and online ad campaign in support of issue

WASHINGTON, DC – A compelling new poll of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans finds 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, and 67 percent support the argument that such legislation will help their own economic prospects.

The poll was conducted by Lake Research Group for VoteVets.org In February, and is made up of 45 percent self-identified Republicans, 25 percent Independents, and 20 percent Democrats.  The full memo detailing the results is below.

“This poll confirms what we always knew was true – veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan know, first-hand, the destructive effect our dependence on oil has on our national security, and on the battlefield,” said Jon Soltz, Iraq War Veteran and Chairman of VoteVets.org.  “They are well aware of arguments made in favor and against bi-partisan clean energy and climate change legislation, and firmly fall into the group of Americans supportive of passing that comprehensive legislation.  Veterans of the wars we’re fighting want legislation passed now.”

Indeed, an overwhelming majority of veterans said that they supported the view that our national security was adversely affected by our dependence on foreign oil – by a 79-14 percent margin.

Yet, veterans do not believe that the answer is just more drilling.  When asked the question, “Do you favor or oppose a comprehensive clean energy and climate bill that invests in clean, renewable energy sources in America and limits carbon pollution in the atmosphere?” Seventy-three percent of veterans supported the bill, while only 22 percent opposed.

VoteVets.org also announced today that it is running new television and internet ads, nationally, and in Alaska, Florida, Indiana, Ohio and North Dakota supporting energy reform policies as a matter of security.  The ads are co-sponsored with Operation Free.

The ad can be viewed here: www.billiondollarsaday.com

The ad features Iraq War and US Army Veteran Christopher Miller, who earned a Purple Heart as the result of an explosion from an Improvised Explosive Device (IED). Miller then highlights the destructive potential of a newer and more powerful explosive device, the Explosively Formed Projectile (EFP), which was brought to Iraq from Iran and then used against our troops.  Photos and news clips show the deadly capability of the weapon.

Miller notes that every time the price of a barrel of oil increases $1, Iran makes another $1.5 billion, enhancing their ability to create weapons to be used against our troops. The world oil market depends greatly upon Iranian supply and the United States, as the top consumer of oil in the world, significantly drives up oil prices.

The ad concludes by telling our leaders, “It’s time stand up for America’s Security.”

VoteVets.org is a pro-military organization of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, dedicated to the destruction of terror networks around the world, with force when necessary.  It primarily focuses on education and advocacy on issues of importance to the troops and veterans, and holding politicians accountable for their actions on these issues.

March 4, 2010

Vote Vets Ad ties Oil Consumption to Iranian Backed Attacked Against US Troops

Filed under: Energy/Climate,National Politics — Matt Dernoga @ 7:53 pm
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They are pulling no punches, and I love it!  Read more here, and John Kerry’s comments.

February 4, 2010

VoteVets ads Hammer Oil-backed Senators

Filed under: Energy/Climate,National Politics — Matt Dernoga @ 5:55 pm
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The gloves come off!  You can check out all the new ads here.  Below is one sample.

November 11, 2009

Coal Front Group “Hijacks Veterans, Dishonors Veterans Day”

Filed under: Energy/Climate,National Politics — Matt Dernoga @ 3:08 pm
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This is according to Veteran Richard Allen Smith, a member of the group VoteVets and Operation Free, in response to an e-mail sent out by ACCCE, the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, which reads

“Greetings!

With Veterans Day around the corner, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on all the military personnel who are involved in ensuring our country is protected.

Energy security is one issue that has become increasingly important to our veterans. In fact, national veterans groups Votevets and Operation Free are urging the government to become more energy independent and less reliant on foreign oil.

We can do this by using the abundant domestic fuels we already have. With more than 250 billion tons of recoverable coal reserves, the United States has more coal than the Middle East has oil.

We need to start putting our coal to use – and technologies such as hybrid-electric cars and cleaner, more efficient power plants are making it easier for us to do that.

How do you feel about the issue? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter.

As always, thank you for your continued support. We hope to hear from you!

Cheers,

The ACCCE Team”

This e-mail is of course misrepresenting what VoteVets and Operation Free advocate for.  As Smith writes, the groups are not advocating for increased coal use…

“ACCCE got one thing right. Veterans do have a unique perspective to offer on national security as it relates to climate change and clean energy. Producers of non-renewable energy are lobbying against clean energy legislation and are implying that we’re campaigning for their energy plan. The fact that they are attempting to hitch on to our wagon (albeit falsely) shows the level of credibility we have in this debate.  ACCCE, a coalition of carbon polluters, understands that the work their members do is part of the problem.

VoteVets and Operation FREE are not, have not and will never advocate the continued use of carbon based fuels. Such an action would be completely counter to the work we do, as so called “clean  coal” only pushes us closer to inevitable catastrophic climate change and threatens our national security. For the ACCCE to hijack America’s Veterans who are working to ensure secure, clean American energy alternatives while simultaneously claiming to honor us on Veterans Day is an act of despicable hubris.”

I don’t think many are surprised that ACCCE is willing to stoop so low in order to protect their own interests, but this gaffe certainly doesn’t help their side.

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