The American Security Project is proud to be a member of the Clean Energy Commitment, a coalition of organizations that pledge to put partisanship aside and take action to advance policies that cut air pollution. The new Commitment was unveiled on Monday, June 6 and calls for an energy policy that moves toward three goals:
- Companies that contribute to carbon pollution should be responsible for its impacts.
- Taxpayers should not be subsidizing the energy sources of the past.
- Everyone should have the freedom to choose clean affordable energy.
The Commitment has attracted support from organizations across the political spectrum. According to a recent YouGov poll, 80 percent of Americans – including 67 percent of Republicans, 95 percent of Democrats, and 75 percent of Independents – support the goals spelled out by the Clean Energy Commitment. This Commitment should inspire us to put their political differences aside and create impactful policy solutions.
As a nonpartisan organization that identifies climate change as a major threat to national security, American Security Project fully supports the Clean Energy Commitment. Brigadier General Stephen Cheney, USMC (Ret.), CEO of the American Security Project explained why the goals outlined in the Clean Energy Commitment are of the utmost importance:
“Climate change is a national security threat that America’s military, and militaries around the world are taking seriously. The science is definitive enough for action: the military knows that you cannot have 100% certainty before acting. Climate change alone will not cause wars, but it serves as an “accelerant of instability” or a “Threat Multiplier” that makes already existing threats worse. The time has come for us to get serious, and the Clean Energy Commitment is a prudent way forward.”
We should not let partisanship get in the way of accomplishing important policy change. By bringing an end to unfair energy policies, The Clean Energy Commitment is a significant step towards reducing the damaging impacts of climate change and growing a prosperous clean energy economy.
The Clean Energy Commitment was unveiled in a full-page ad in the Wall Street Journal. Read more about it at www.cleanenergycommitment.org. Read more about ASP’s work on clean energy at: Climate Security, Energy Security, and Fusion Energy.