Target: General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Goal: Commend and promote sustainable energy training programs for military personnel
The push for cleaner, renewable, and sustainable energy is a nationwide concern and ubiquitous topic of policy debate. The United States military recently joined a chorus of groups toward that end, led in part by the Army’s “Net Zero Energy” and “The Power Is In Your Hands” initiatives.
CleanTechnica, citing the Army’s energy awareness research, notes “that sustaining a Soldier in today’s battlefield takes more than 20 gallons of fuel per day.” This is more than ten times the daily energy consumption during World War II. As ThinkProgress repeatedly reported over the last several years, decreasing reliance upon fossil fuel consumption also presents a security imperative, as “70% of convoys [in Afghanistan and Iraq]… are dedicated solely to transporting fuel and water.” Promoting sustainable energy would thus remove many American soldiers from the very convoy duties that present among the most tempting targets for attacks.
Acknowledging these challenges, the nonprofit organization Solar Energy International (SEI) and the United States military recently partnered to form a new scholarship training program. This program provides funding for current and former military personnel to train in solar technology. In addition to securing the strategic and safety interests of military servicemen and women overseas, this scholarship program provides training that allows veterans to transition into sustainable and renewable energy leadership positions in the private sector.
Thank SEI and military leaders for their sustainability efforts, and encourage Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey, to continue pushing for sound environmental and security policies throughout the United States military.
Dear CJCS General Dempsey,
The push for cleaner, renewable, and sustainable energy is a nationwide concern and ubiquitous topic of policy debate. For American military personnel serving overseas, the importance of sustainable energy is also a preeminent security issue: according to recent reports, as “70% of convoys [in Afghanistan and Iraq]… are dedicated solely to transporting fuel and water.” Promoting sustainable energy would thus remove many American soldiers from the very convoy duties that present among the most tempting targets for attacks, along with increased power efficiency and concomitant savings.
Recognizing these variegated energy concerns, the military’s deepening partnership with Solar Energy International merits particular attention and praise. The new scholarship for solar training promises to educate even more military leaders, preparing them to implement cost-saving, energy-saving, and security essential policies in all operations. Moreover, this training program gives military personnel essential skills for success beyond their service to the armed forces, promoting high-demand knowledge and expertise in the private sector.
Thank you, General Dempsey, for your leadership. We the undersigned encourage you to continue promoting energy efficient alternatives through such innovative scholarship programs, preserving essential environmental resources and protecting our military servicemen and women in overseas combat zones.
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