Former NATO Commander Calls Americans to Action on Oil Dependence

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

General Wesley Clark (ret.), former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe, made an impassioned case for the Open Fuel Standard Act as a policy that will strengthen U.S. national security and stimulate economic growth. Included is a summary of his speech on Capitol Hill.  Please forward it widely to military friends and family.

When we’re dealing with energy policy, we’re dealing with the essence of national security policy in the 21st century. If we don’t get our energy policy right, all the strength of the United States Armed Forces won’t be enough to keep America safe and strong in the world. 
We’re looking at 42 years of tragic policy failure. Since the day when the United States became an oil importing country until this day in February 2012, we’ve spent trillions of dollars, paid thousands of lives, given up billions and billions of dollars every year in foreign deficits.  We’ve funded dictators and corruption and enemies of the United States.  We’ve turned over the hard-won income of Americans to those who don’t have our country’s best interests at heart.... 
We knew it would distort American foreign policy, we knew it would cause additional military expenditures, we knew we would eventually deploy troops and fight wars to protect foreign sources of energy.  But nobody writing in the early 1970s would have believed how far it’s gone over these 40 years.  They wouldn’t have believed Iraq and Afghanistan and improvised explosive devices and what’s happening now with Iran and the rise in the price of oil. 
Make no mistake about it — if we want to keep America strong we have to fix our energy policy. 
Why haven’t we fixed it? Because the very participants of this market place see it as a zero sum game. We can’t have that and have a strong America. 
That’s why I’m so proud to be with this bi-partisan effort. It cuts across parties, industries, states, interest groups and brings Americans together. This is our country’s future.   
This year we’re importing about 9 million barrels of oil a day.... It’s maybe $500 billion a year of lost income we’re exporting.... That’s our money. We have to take it back.... 
In the 21st century, it’s not enough to have a strong military. It’s not enough to have nuclear deterrence.  It’s not enough even to have the best special forces in the world.... We have to have a growing economy and to do that, we’ve got to take back control of our energy policy. We’ve got to work together. We’ve got to get this open fuel standard moving.... 
Ladies and gentlemen, it can’t be done without all of your help. This is a nationwide effort to mobilize American public opinion to take back control of America’s future. It starts with energy. If we fix this, our economy will grow. If we fix this, we’ll create jobs. If we fix this, we’ll have a secure future.  It’s up to us.


Anonymous,  March 2, 2012 at 9:49 AM  

Wow! General Clark, you sound like a Conservative! I sure hope you've changed your spots!

WillDeliver March 4, 2012 at 4:29 PM  

It is more profitable to save money by not spending it, than to export billions of dollars a year for oil. If Americans can buy American made energy instead of foreign oil, we will boost our economy.

There is NO Santa Claus November 1, 2012 at 5:44 AM  

Gen. Clark made an "impassioned case", but he did not explicitly endorse the legislation.

Time for him to get on board!

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