Jul 10, 2012Julia Kim
Washington, D.C. –Today, Mike Breen, Vice President of the Truman National Security Project and Operation Free Surrogate, testified before the House Energy and Power Subcommittee at their hearing entitled, “The American Energy Initiative: A Focus on Alternative Fuels and Vehicles, Both the Challenges and the Opportunities.”
In his written testimony, Breen addressed the dangers of our dependence on oil and the policy measures we must take to strengthen our national security.
At the hearing, Breen said, “The military’s success with renewable fuels points the way toward a more secure and prosperous future, free from our paralyzing addiction to oil. We must find a way to transition from total dependence on petroleum to a world in which oil plays a major role in our economy, but does not determine our national destiny. Fortunately, similar victories have been won before.”
Breen highlighted some of the initiatives that the military has undertaken to secure our nation through renewable energy. Next week, more than 25,000 American sailors and Marines will embark on the Navy’s most ambitious energy plan yet, using a 50/50 biofuel blend based on advanced algae oils and recycled cooking oil during large-scale war-games in the Pacific.
He added, “We can and must follow the military’s example. The credible debate on oil dependence and national security is over – there is simply no question at this point that single-source dependence threatens our future security and prosperity. It is time for Congress to act, and to lead.”
Since 2009, the Truman National Security Project has been the leading voice on the connection between national security and energy independence with their ground breaking Operation Free campaign.