Department Of Defense Clean Energy Initiatives


Resolution 12-11.04

WHEREAS, recognizing that as long as U.S. and global economic security are dependent on oil produced in volatile regions of the world heightens and increases the number of U.S. deployments and dangerous missions to ensure free world trade and the security of international sea lanes, developing alternatives to petroleum fuels and developing clean, domestic sources of energy have become strategic necessities for the Department of Defense.

WHEREAS, the Department of Defense is already committed to clean energy innovation and the development of alternative fuels, and specific examples of that commitment include: by 2025, the Department of Defense plans to attain 25 percent of its energy from renewable sources; e Navy's "Great Green Fleet" - a strike group of ships and aircraft powered entirely by advanced alternative fuels that will be fully operational by 2016; the Air Force's acquisition of 50 percent of aviation fuel used in the U.S. from blends of domestically-produced alternative sources that have lower carbon emissions than petroleum fuels by 2016; and the Army's "Net Zero" Initiative, which aims to have six installations each produce as much as they consume in energy, water, or waste by 2020

WHEREAS, the Department of Defense's clean energy innovation not only serves crucial warfighting needs, but has allowed it to be an active partner with the State of California to create opportunities and markets for California's innovative companies and entrepreneurs in the clean energy economy and to further common energy goals of expanding renewable energy, using energy more efficiently and advancing promising new technologies like advanced biofuels.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party strongly supports the Department of Defense's initiatives to promote energy innovation and energy security.

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party calls on California's Congressional Delegation, the State of California, and California legislators on all levels to support the US military's efforts to advance energy innovation, and include the Department of Defense in the development and implementation of state and federal energy and environmental policy.


Author: Ricardo Reyes.  Sponsored: Veterans Democratic Club of Los Angeles County 


Adopted by the California Democratic Party
At its November 2012 Executive Board Meeting
Westin Hotel, Millbrae
November 18, 2012 




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