Veterans: Supporting Clean Energy
Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan also support a comprehensive clean energy and climate bill that invests in clean, renewable energy sources in America and that limits carbon pollution. These veterans believe that such a bill would help create jobs that will help vets’ economic prospects after leaving the service, reduce the amount of oil purchased from hostile nations, and cut funding for terrorists from oil producing nations. Veterans do not believe that the answer is just more drilling.
These results are particularly interesting given that respondents were 45 percent Republicans, 25 percent Independents, and 20 percent Democrats. See the poll results by clicking here.
VoteVets.org ran television and online ads, nationally, and in Alaska, Florida, Indiana, Ohio and North Dakota supporting energy reform policies as a matter of security. The ads are co-sponsored with Operation Free. The ad can be viewed at BillionDollarsADay.com
The ad features Iraq War and US Army Veteran Christopher Miller, who earned a Purple Heart as the result of an explosion from an Improvised Explosive Device (IED). Miller then highlights the destructive potential of a newer and more powerful explosive device, the Explosively Formed Projectile (EFP), which was brought to Iraq from Iran and then used against our troops. Photos and news clips show the deadly capability of the weapon.
The ad concludes by telling our leaders, “It’s time stand up for America’s Security.”
VoteVets president and Iraq War veteran Jon Soltz says:
“This poll confirms what we always knew was true – veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan know, first-hand, the destructive effect our dependence on oil has on our national security, and on the battlefield. They are well aware of arguments made in favor and against bi partisan clean energy and climate change legislation, and firmly fall into the group of Americans supportive of passing that comprehensive legislation. Veterans of the wars we’re fighting want legislation passed now.”
If you agree with Jon Soltz and the vast majority of Iraq and Afghanistan War veterans, click here, “sign your name next to theirs and stand strong with the men and women who have put their lives on the line for our security.”
Richard Matthews is a consultant, sustainable investor, writer and owner of The Green Market Oracle, a leading sustainable business blog that covers the convergence of sustainable capitalism and the global environment.The Green Market is one of the most comprehensive resources for information and tools on sustainability. Follow The Green Market's twitter feed and see the Facebook Fan Page. Richard is a contributor to more than 50 publications. Find him on Facebook and Linkedin.
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