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Climate and energy policies a critical global security issue to be taken...
Date: June 12, 2012
Climate and energy policies a critical global security issue to be taken seriously, military brass say.
By Dave Alexander, June 12th, 2012.
Article originally published on mlive.com.
MUSKEGON, MI – For a retired American Air Force general and a British Naval rear admiral, the issues of global climate change and energy use are real and serious.
Retired Gen. Ronald Keys, a former commander in the U.S. Air Combat Command, and British Rear Adm. Neil Morisetti Monday told the Energy Innovation Business Council of Michigan that alternative energy is not just a business development issue. The council met at the Grand Valley State University’s Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center in Muskegon.
For these members of the military brass, environmental climate change and energy use are global security issues. That message could be difficult to accept for those who think climate change is a liberal fairy tale and alternative energy development is a socialist plot.
“This is not a passing fad or a bunch of folks hugging trees,” Key said of energy and climate issues. “For us, this is serious business.”
Keys is a member of the Center for Naval Analysis Military Advisory Board of the U.S. Department Defense’s Energy and Climate Change project, while Morisetti is the British government’s envoy for climate change and energy security. Keys is traveling the country -- and Morisetti the world -- putting forth the military case for the importance of climate and energy.