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E2 Supports DOD Energy Initiatives

The U.S. military has spearheaded innovation on many fronts – on communications, on technology, on transportation, for example - not only improving military capability but creating profitable new markets for American business. Now, the military is leading the way on clean energy.


Background
E2 Seattle chapter director James Marvin, a 20-year Navy veteran and former Navy SEAL, discusses the military’s leadership on clean energy initiatives and why it’s important to our nation’s future.
 
Steven M. Anderson, Chief Marketing Officer, Relyant LLC; Retired Brigadier General, US Army; and E2 Member, discussing the importance of alternative energy for the military. (Goldman Sachs Clean Energy Ecosystem Summit)
As the world’s largest consumer of energy, the military recognizes the critical importance of reducing energy use and diversifying energy supplies throughout its operations. One of the top priorities is beginning a shift away from oil, toward domestic sources of sustainably produced advanced biofuels.

The Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps are now running jets, ships, tanks and trucks on biofuels derived from plants and made right here in America. These investments are engaging the private sector, creating new technologies, new markets, and new jobs across America. However, some in Congress are working to prevent the armed services from reducing their fossil fuel liabilities. Driven by short-sighted politics, these efforts in Congress will compromise our national, energy, and economic security. 

The House of Representatives just voted ban the Department of Defense from purchasing biofuels until they get to the point where they’re cheaper than fossil fuels. The Senate Armed Services Committee also has voted to prohibit DOD from pursuing the development and purchase of advanced biofuels. The full Senate is scheduled to consider a similar ban for the military later this summer. And biofuels are just the start. Other military clean energy programs could be under fire next if entrenched interests and their partners in Congress get their way now.

E2 is fighting back. We’ve launched a multi-state media tour with military veterans discussing why it’s a bad idea for Congress to force the military to go backward on biofuels and other forms of alternative energy.  We’re writing opinion pieces for local media and working in Washington to make sure lawmakers know that banning biofuels will hurt national and economic security, threaten a new American energy industry that’s just getting started, and put American jobs on the line.

Here are some examples of our work:

Reports
  Advocacy
November 14, 2012: The Economic Benefits of Military Biofuels
The military’s plans to expand its use of biofuels in planes, ships and other vehicles would generate at least about $10 billion in economic activity and create more than 14,000 jobs by 2020.   

- Executive Summary
   
- Full Report

- Press Call (11/14/12 Recording)
- Press Coverage
  December 2, 2013: E2 issues statement in support of U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's leadership on the Defense Department’s new Arctic strategy

June 10, 2013: Letter to Senators Supporting DOD Energy Security Initiatives

Dec 26, 2012: Press Coverage: E2 Co-Founder Nicole Lederer in multiple sources on the Senate decision on U.S. military biofuels.

Nov 28, 2012: Policy Update: Senate Supports American Military, Business with Biofuel Vote

Nov 28, 2012: Letter to Senators Urging Support for Military Biofuels

July 25, 2012: E2 Co-Founder Nicole Lederer visits Travis Air Force Base for a ground-level view of energy initiatives

May 21, 2012: E2 Letter to the Senate Armed Services Committee in support of DOD Energy Security Initiatives

April 17, 2012: E2 Delegation travels to Washington DC to advocate in support of DOD initiatives and other policies

Sept 14, 2011: E2 Delegation travels to Washington DC to support DOD Initiatives

2012 Radio Tour

Credit: DOD FlickrAug 25: Brigadier General Steve Anderson US Army (Ret) on WHIO-AM (Dayton, OH)

Aug 21: Lt. General John Castellaw USMC (Ret) on Florida News Network (FL)

Aug 21: Brigadier General Steve Anderson US Army (Ret) on WHMP-AM (Springfield, MA)

Aug 20: Brigadier General Steve Anderson US Army (Ret) on WFLO-AM (Richmond, VA)

Aug 13: Brigadier General Steve Anderson US Army (Ret) on WSBT-AM (South Bend, IN)

Aug 6: Brigadier General Steve Anderson US Army (Ret) (WGOW, Chattanooga TN)

Aug 1: Lt. General John Castellaw USMC (Ret) on WNWS-FM (Jackson, TN)

July 26: Lt. General John Castellaw USMC (Ret) on Rebuild America Show (National)

July 25: Lt. General John Castellaw USMC (Ret) on WCXZ-AM (Knoxville, TN)

July 19: Lt. General John Castellaw USMC (Ret) on Westwood One Jim Bohannon Show (National)

July 17: Lt. General Norm Seip USAF (Ret) on KJFF-AM (St. Louis/Festus, MO)

July 14: Commander James Marvin US Navy (Ret) on WSMN (NH)

July 10: Lt. General John Castellaw USMC (Ret) on TalkUSA (National)

July 5: Lt. General John Castellaw USMC (Ret) on KLPW-AM (St. Louis/Washington, MO)

July 3: Lt. General John Castellaw USMC (Ret) on WXGM-FM (Gloucester/Norfolk, VA)

July 3: Lt. General Norm Seip USAF (Ret) on Wall Street Journal Radio  (National)

July 2: Lt. General John Castellaw USMC (Ret) on WCAP-AM (Boston/Lowell, MA)

June 29: Lt. General Norm Seip USAF (Ret) on WXBR-AM  (Boston/Brockton, MA)
 

Op-Eds & Letters
  Events
Secretary Kerry Follows the Military's Lead on Climate Change
Mar 6, 2014 — Author: LtGen John Castellaw, USMC (Ret) [view article]
E2 Member LtGen John Castellaw, USMC (Ret) in a joint opinion addressing the military's concern with climate change, published by The Center for Climate & Security.

Why the U.S. Military Must Find Energy Alternatives (Op-Ed)
Sep 11, 2013 — Author: Norman Seip in LiveScience [view article /video]
Video Op-Ed by E2 Member Lt. Gen. Norman R. Seip, USAF.

Ask What You Can Do for Your Country: Combating Climate Threats to Our National Security
Feb 8, 2013 — Author: Lt. Gen. Norman R. Seip and Steven M. Anderson in the Huffington Post [view article]
Lt. Gen. Norm Seip retired from the U.S. Air Force in 2009, after 35 years of active duty service. Retired Brigadier General Steven M. Anderson is a 31-year Army veteran, who served as chief of logistics for multinational forces in Iraq from 2006-2007. Both are members of E2.

Let's say no to farming out our national security; let's say yes to farmers and businesses
Feb 8, 2013 — Author: Steve Flick and John Castellaw in the Commercial Appeal (TN) [view article]
E2 Members Steve Flick and John Castellaw with a guest column in the Memphis Commercial Appeal.

With Senate’s Support, Advanced Biofuel Industry Ready for Takeoff

Nov 30, 2012 - Author:Nicole Lederer in the Energy Collective [view article]
E2 Co-Founder Nicole Lederer discusses the Senate decision to allow the DoD to pursue biofuel initiatives.

Congress, Senior Military Leaders at Odds Over Advanced Biofuel
Nov 28, 12 - Author: Bob Keefe [view letter]
A letter sent to editorial boards across the country by Bob Keefe, on behalf of NRDC, an affiliate organization of E2; discussing the military's biofuel initiatives.

With military's lead, biofuel could take off

Nov 25, 2012 - Author: Norman Seip in the Arizona Republic [View Article]
Lt. Gen. Norman Seip (USAF-RET), former commander of the 12th Air Force at Davis Monthan Air Force Base, on the benefits of advanced biofuels.

Biofuels yield military, economic dividends
Nov 21, 2012 - Author: James Marvin in Stars and Stripes [view article]
Former Navy SEAL James Marvin on the national security and economic gains that biofuels could bring.

California and the U.S. Military: A Powerful Partnership for Clean Energy

Oct 16, 2012 — Author: Nicole Lederer in the Energy Collective [view article]
E2 Co-Founder Nicole Lederer on CA's Energy Security Coordination Act.

The New A-Team for California Clean Energy
Aug 8, 2012 — Author: Nicole Lederer [view article]
E2 Co-Founder Nicole Lederer writes about a powerful new alliance taking shape in California that holds great promise for the state's economy - a partnership between the U.S. Navy, the state of California and the clean energy industry.

No Retreat: We Just Got Here

July 29, 2012 — Author: Lt. Gen. John Castellaw, USMC (Ret) in the Chattanooga Times  [view article]
Like other innovations that have roots in the military, DOD's push into biofuels is spurring economic activity in the private sector.

Push in Congress to ban biofuels in military has big long-term costs
July 16, 2012 — Author: Lt. General Norman R.Seip, USAF (Ret) in the Christian Science Monitor  [view article]
The US armed services is working hard to wean itself off of fossil fuels and foreign oil. Yet some in Congress, for short-term savings, want to ban them from purchasing biofuels. Cutting investments in long-term solutions like alternative fuel will cost America dearly in the future.

Mission Critical: A Clean-Energy Call to Arms

May 15, 2012 — Author: Nicole Lederer in Clean Edge  [view article]
E2 Co-Founder Nicole Lederer on DOD's clean energy mission.

Increasing our national security with new technology
May 3, 2012 — Author: Lt. Gen. John Castellaw, USMC (Ret) in The Hill's Congress Blog ([view article]
For the Navy, the ultimate reason for alternative fuels is combat capability and national security.

Why an Iraq War Veteran Fights the Green Fight
Apr 17, 2012 — Author: Jon Gensler in EarthTechling [view article]
Former U.S. Army Captain and E2 Member Jon Gensler on the importance of energy security.

This Is No Time To Back Off Clean Energy
Apr 10, 2012 — Author: Lt. Gen. John G. Castellaw, USMC (Ret) [view article]
"For Tennesseans, the current debate on continuing the state solar incentives involves deeper questions than just tax policy." Lt. Gen. John G. Castellaw, USMC (ret.) discusses clean energy, DOD efforts, and the economy.

From Foreign Oil To Biofuel: How the Military is Helping to Lead the Transition
Nov 23, 2011 — Author: Carl Nettleton in Air2Air Magazine [view article]
E2 San Diego Chapter Director Carl Nettleton writes military biofuels.

Why We Must support Clean Energy in the U.S.: Our National Security
Oct 9, 2011 — Authors: Dennis McGinn, Steven Anderson, John Castellaw & Norman Seip in the Tampa Bay Online [view article]
E2 Members Steven Anderson and Norman Seip, along with Dennis McGinn and John Castellaw, write in Tampa Bay Online about clean energy from their perspectives as retired senior military officers.

Not So Worthy of Fireworks: America's Oil Addiction
Jul 7, 2011 — Author: James Marvin in The Hill's Congress Blog [view article]
Former Navy Commander and E2 Member James Marvin (Pacific Northwest) discusses the need to move away from our dependence on oil.

For Memorial Day: A Clean Energy Future For Our Military
May 27, 2011 — Author: Nicole Lederer and Lt. Gen. Norman R. Seip, USAF (Ret) in The Hill's Congress Blog [view article]
E2 Co-Founder Nicole Lederer and Lt. Gen. Norman R. Seip discuss the importance of Section 526 of the Energy Independence and Security Act, which helps increase our national security, reduce our national debt, and improve our economy by securing alternative fuel purchases through the military.

Good News About the Military-Industrial Complex and Clean Energy
May 17, 2011 — Author: Nicole Lederer and Lt. Gen. Norman R. Seip, USAF (Ret) in the Energy Collective [view article]
Clean energy businesses promise to break our dependence on foreign oil, keep troops safe, and create jobs in the USA. The Armed Forces realize their role in promoting this kind of smart energy generation, but will Congress and the Administration encourage these and other investors?

The Great Green Fleet
Mar 18, 2011 — Author: James Marvin in the Virgina Pilot [view article]
The Navy is going green in the name of battling terrorists, growing the economy, and protecting the USA. E2 Pacific Northwest Chapter Director, James Marvin, discusses how.
  Mission Critical: Clean Energy and the U.S. Military EcoSalon
New York City - October 29, 2013
"Join E2 New York Metro for an Ecosalon with Deputy Assistant Secretary of the US Army, Richard G. Kidd, who will discuss the military’s transition to clean energy, and the Army's leadership in advancing clean energy in its operations. Colonel Russell LaChance will talk about West Point's net zero initiatives and the curriculum being developed to train future Army leaders in energy management. Scott Sklar will outline the potential impacts on and opportunities for the civilian economy from DOD's investment in clean energy technologies." [Event recording here].

Clean Energy and National Security: The CA Promise
San Francisco, CA - March 20, 2012
The State of California and the U.S. Military are two of the world’s most formidable powers - and they are both committed to clean energy.
Join us to hear from CA Air Resources Board Chair Mary Nichols, CA State Senator Fran Pavley, and Brigadier General Vincent A. Coglianese, Commanding General, Marine Corps Installations West, about the promise of clean energy and national security. Event recap here.

E2 Meeting with Assistant Secretary of Defense for Operational Energy Sharon Burke
Seattle, Washington - January 28, 2013
Portland, Oregon -  January 29, 2013

E2 meeting with Sharon E. Burke, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Operational Energy Plans and Programs, U.S. Department of Defense. Meeting slides here: http://www.e2.org/jsp/controller?docId=31184

Mission Critical: Clean Energy and the U.S. Military (Portland, OR) EcoSalon [Event Recap Report]
October 11, 2012
A new and formidable leader has emerged in the push for clean energy. The U.S. Department of Defense is setting aggressive objectives to reduce its fossil fuel dependence and invest in low carbon renewables and energy efficiency technologies. Leaders from the Army Air Force, Navy and Marines say our current fuel mix is a national security threat, making Americans vulnerable overseas and at home. Furthermore, the DOD warns that global warming is a threat multiplier which will heighten geopolitical instability and create both military and humanitarian challenges beyond the armed services' capacity to respond. In a time of Congressional gridlock, the U.S. military says we must face this issue now.

Clean Energy Showcase at Navy Week (Sacramento, CA) Special Event [Event Recap Report]
Thursday, July 19, 2012 (10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific)
The U.S. Navy and the State of California are co-hosting a Navy Week event in Sacramento to highlight the Navy’s work on clean energy and the positive impacts on our state’s national and economic security resulting from that work. E2 has played an active role in organizing this event. State Senator Fran Pavley, author of SB 1409 (The Energy Security Coordination Act) which seeks to enhance collaboration on clean energy development between DOD and the state (and which E2 supports), will deliver remarks along with others, including Rear Admiral Dixon Smith, Commander, Navy Region Southwest; Senate President Pro Tem, Darrell Steinberg; and Dr. Robert B. Weisenmiller, Chair, California Energy Commission.

Mission Critical: Clean Energy and the U.S. Military (Denver) EcoSalon
Thursday, April 12, 2012 (5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Mountain)
A new and formidable leader has emerged in the push for clean energy. The U.S. Department of Defense is setting aggressive objectives to reduce its fossil fuel dependence and invest in low carbon renewables and energy efficiency technologies. Leaders from the Army Air Force, Navy and Marines say our current fuel mix is a national security threat, making Americans vulnerable overseas and at home. Furthermore, the DOD warns that global warming is a threat multiplier which will heighten geopolitical instability and create both military and humanitarian challenges beyond the armed services’ capacity to respond.  In a time of Congressional gridlock, the U.S. military says we must face this issue now.

Join E2 and Climate Solutions to hear from Senator Udall, Tom Clark from the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce and Army representatives Mark Mahoney and Vince Guthrie about the role the military is playing to move America toward a clean energy economy, the impact these initiatives will have in the civilian economy, and the response from Congress.

Mission Critical: Clean Energy and the U.S. Military (Seattle, Washington) EcoSalon [Event Recap Report]
Thursday, March 15, 2012 (4:30 PM - 6:30 PM Pacific)
A new and formidable leader has emerged in the push for clean energy.  The U.S. Department of Defense is setting aggressive objectives to reduce its fossil fuel dependence and invest in low carbon renewables and energy efficiency technologies.  Leaders from the Army Air Force, Navy and Marines say our current fuel mix is a national security threat, making Americans vulnerable overseas and at home.  Furthermore, the DOD warns that global warming is a threat multiplier which will heighten geopolitical instability and create both military and humanitarian challenges beyond the armed services’ capacity to respond.  In a time of Congressional gridlock, the U.S. military says we must face this issue now.

Join E2 and Climate Solutions to hear from Congressmen Adam Smith and Jay InsleeRay Smalling from Naval Station Everett and E2 member and Navy SEAL (ret) James Marvin about the role the military is playing to move America toward a clean energy economy, the impact these initiatives will have in the civilian economy, and the response from Congress.

Ray Smalling's Powerpoint Presentation


Mission Critical: How Our Armed Forces are Saving Lives and Money with Clean Energy (Boston, MA) EcoSalon [Event Recap Report]
Wednesday, November 9, 2011 (12:00 PM - 2:00 PM Eastern)
According to one analyst, the Department of Defense is positioned to become the single most important driver of the cleantech revolution in the United States. The military plans to invest $10 billion annually in renewable energy by 2030. That's not surprising given that up to half of the yearly American casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan have been incurred guarding fuel convoys and the army calculates that a 1% increase in fuel efficiency across the fleet would mean 6,444 fewer soldiers involved in convoy operations.

Please join us to hear three unique perspectives on how our military is becoming a formidable leader in the push for clean energy.

Congresswoman Niki Tsongas (MA - 5th), who is a member of the House Armed Forces Committee;
Dan Nolan, Energy Specialist who previously served as a senior army officer and prinicipal advisor to General Tommy Franks Dan Nolan's PPT Slides
Dan Futrell, Truman Security Project Fellow and Iraqi War Veteran
Army Lt. Colonel Brad Hodge, Assistant Manager of Force Provider, the life support system for our troops deployed in Afghanistan. LTC Brad Hodge's PPT Slides


Energy Security and the Impact on the Economy (San Diego, CA) EcoSalon [Event Recap Report]

Thursday, October 20, 2011 (8:00 AM - 10:00 AM Pacific)
Because San Diego is one of the leading military and solar regions of the nation, it only makes sense that we all understand how these two leading elements of our economy will affect the future of the region and the nation. This EcoSalon will help us to understand the implications of the federal initiatives, how they are being implemented in San Diego, and what the ramifications are for regional defense installations, their assignments, and the local economy.

Please join us as we hear from Admiral Len Hering (ret.), Vice President for Business Services and Administration, University of San Diego, Marney Cox, SANDAG Economist, and Stephen Mayfield, Professor of Biology (UCSD) and Director of San Diego Center for Algae Biotechnology.


Mission Critical: Clean Energy and the U.S. Military (National) TeleSalon
Wednesday, September 7, 2011 (10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Pacific)
A new and formidable leader has emerged in the push for clean energy.  The U.S. Department of Defense is setting aggressive objectives to reduce its fossil fuel dependence and invest in low carbon renewables and energy efficiency technologies.  Leaders of the Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines say our current fuel mix is a national security threat, making Americans vulnerable overseas and at home.  Furthermore, the DOD warns that  global warming is a threat multiplier which will heighten geopolitical instability and create both military and humanitarian challenges beyond the armed services’ capacity to respond.  In a time of Congressional gridlock, the U.S. military says we must face this issue now.  Join us for a telesalon to hear from E2 member Lt. General Norman Seip (Air Force, retired); Jonathan Powers, Special Advisor on Energy in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army; and Gavi Begtrup, Policy Advisor to Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, about the role the military is playing to move America toward a clean energy economy, and how Congress is responding.
 

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