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Towards A More Climate Secure US-Latin American Policy

Panama Canal, Taken July 3, 2003, By Thomas Lamadrid

Panama Canal, 2003, By Thomas Lamadrid

President Obama recently returned from a visit to Latin America and the Caribbean. There was no shortage of agenda items: opening up ties with Cuba, trade agreements, and human rights issues. Climate change and energy security were also prevalent topics of discussion throughout the visit. In many ways, climate and energy issues provide an important avenue for furthering cooperation between the U.S. and the region, including as it relates to security priorities. (more…)

Event: A Changing Security Landscape – U.S. Military Response to the Next Emerging Challenge

800px-United_States_Capitol_Building-_west_front_editThis announcement is on behalf of the Partnership for Secure America. They will be hosting an event tomorrow in Washington, DC and it will also be available online. Details are below. Don’t miss it! (more…)

China Environment Series: Coal Heaven, Water Hell

800px-Bayan_hot_inner_mongoliaThe Woodrow Wilson Center’s China Environment Forum has just published the 12th edition of its China Environment Series (CES12). This edition, like previous editions, is packed full of interesting content focusing on environmental issues in and around China. This year, the special focus is on the water-energy nexus, and opportunities for cooperation over clean energy between the United States and China. (more…)

White House Honors Veterans for Advancing Clean Energy and Climate Security

Soldiers_assist_residents_displaced_by_Hurricane_Sandy_in_Hoboken,_N.J.The White House is hosting an event today honoring twelve American veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan from across the country as “Champions of Change” for their work in advancing clean energy and increasing climate resilience and preparedness in their communities. (more…)

ACORE’s U.S. Military and Renewable Energy Industry Forum

US_Navy_SECNAV_Ground Renewable Expeditionary Energy SystemACORE will be hosting its “U.S. Military & Renewable Energy Industry Forum” next Thursday, July 18. It should be interesting and productive, as are all their conferences. Click here to register. Below is a description of the forum from the ACORE website: (more…)

Department of Defense: Clean Energy Tied to National Security

Sharon Burke_Katherine Hammack_listen to a brief_Experimental Forward Operating Base 2011 at Marine CorpsThe Armed Forces Press Service highlighted last week comments by Sharon E. Burke, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Operational Energy Plans and Programs, regarding the national security imperative of clean energy. A quote from the article gives a good summary of the key points: (more…)

Renewable energy on the battlefield lowers risks to soldiers and enhances combat efficiency

Lt. Col. Alan Samuels, a recent recipient of the White House Champion of Change award, recently penned an interesting piece on his experience studying the U.S. Department of Defense’s operational energy programs. The article covers some of the key elements of programs like the U.S. Army’s Energy to the Edge, which seeks to free soldiers from costly and dangerous fuel and water resupply missions by providing “field hybrid and renewable energy technologies to the point of need – the forward operating bases and combat outposts where our mission in Afghanistan is so critically tied to counterinsurgency operations.” He concludes that benefits for troops “are measured in increased operational capability, greater combat efficiency, and lower risk.” Click here for the full piece.