National Security

Clean, renewable energy contributes directly to our national security. Uniformed and civilian military leaders agree that biofuels, solar, wind, electric vehicles, and other clean technologies have a clear strategic role to play in reducing threats to our men and women in uniform, lowering costs to the Department of Defense and freeing America from reliance on foreign fuels.

Key Stats

  • 48%: Reduction in U.S. dependence on foreign oil since the Renewable Fuel Standard was passed in 2005. (Source: The Washington Post,
  • 50%: Percentage of the Navy’s fuel that will be biofuels in 2016. (Source: Biomass Magazine,
  • $3,000,000,000: Unplanned Department of Defense expenses from 2011-2012 thanks to fluctuations in the price of fuel. (Source: Boston Globe,
  • 90-103%: Reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of biofuels from corn stover, compared to gasoline. (Source: Environmental Research Letters,
  • 65%: Percentage of Americans that support the Renewable Fuel Standard. (Source: The Hill,
  • 4.4%: Reduction in U.S. power sector carbon emissions thanks to wind energy in 2013. (Source: The Huffington Post,
  • 26 Billion Gallons: Amount of water saved in 2011 due to existing wind energy infrastructure (Source: Environment America,
  • 10 KW: Amount of electricity the military’s largest solar installation in New Mexico will produce each year (Source: Yahoo News,
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National Security and the Accelerating Risks of Climate Change

— CNA Military Advisory Board, May 2014,

Advanced Energy Technologies for Greenhouse Gas Reduction

— Advanced Energy Economy, May 2014,

Power Surge: How the Department of Defense Leverages Private Resources to Enhance Energy Security and Save Money on U.S. Military Bases

— Pew Charitable Trusts, January 2014,

Regional Variations in the Health, Environmental, and Climate Benefits of Wind and Solar Generation

— Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, August 2013,

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“We have to be able to have the potential to transform the nation’s approach to the challenges we are facing in the environment and energy security.”

— Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta,

“Solar panels save lives on the front lines by minimizing the need for fuel convoys that are big, slow and highly vulnerable to attack.”

— Retired Lt. Gen. Norman R. Seip, U.S. Air Force,

“Our military leaders understand the critical danger we face. They are acting to meet that danger, in the only way that makes sense: by developing alternatives to oil.”

— Michael Breen, former U.S. Army captain and Iraq and Afghanistan combat veteran,

“Seeking out some viable energy options isn’t a fad…We’re doing it because we have to be a more effective fighting force. The reasons are strategic, the reasons are tactical and the reasons are essential to our national security.”

— Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus,

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