The President of the American Council on Renewable Energy says the United States needs to secure its energy future to reduce threats to national security. Retired Admiral Dennis McGinn spoke at a public forum Sunday night at the Indiana Statehouse.
McGinn said, currently, America’s energy future is not in its own hands because of the country’s reliance on foreign oil. He said by focusing on renewable energy sources and energy efficiency, the United States can begin to regain control of its energy future. One of the obstacles, he said, is overcoming perception issues.
“Anybody that thinks that renewable energy is some left-wing, hippie, tree-hugging, nice thing to do should talk to the United States Marines from India Company, Third Battalion, Fifth Marines. This is as macho as it gets,” said McGinn.
McGinn said reducing dependence on foreign oil and providing more energy efficient solutions can make the battlefield a less dangerous place for American soldiers. Without relying as heavily on transporting fuel to the front, fewer military resources are risked in protecting the fuel.