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Operation Free is a collaboration of U.S. veterans and national security organizations, many of whom are employed in wind jobs. Recently, Operation Free has been lobbying Congress to extend the production tax credit (PTC) for wind power. Those involved recognize the large role wind can play in getting our nation energy independent, and weaning us off of dangerous relationships with foreign oil providers.
The Department of Defense has long been uncomfortable with U.S. reliance on foreign oil. Every barrel purchased can put money and weapons into the hands of U.S. enemies and terrorist groups. That’s one of the main reasons the military is anxious to source its power from more renewable, home-grown resources, like solar, wind and biofuels.
Operation Free is also concerned about the way climate change may further destabilize enemy states.
Mike Breen, Operation Free’s spokesman and a veteran Army Captain, said, “Wind-generated electricity diversifies our energy supply and reduces our dependence on fossil fuels, which strengthens our economic and national security. We are proud to stand with these Texas veterans who have traveled to our nation’s capital to help educate our members of Congress about the benefits of wind.” Mr. Breen said the meetings with Congress were “a critical opportunity for veterans” who hold wind jobs.
The PTC is important to Operation Free, because it creates thousands of wind jobs and makes it possible for more large-scale wind farms to be installed in the U.S. As the PTC nears expiration, new wind proposals have declined, and wind jobs are expected to do the same.
The various branches of the DoD constitute the largest renewable energy consumer in the world. The military’s goal is to get 25 percent of its power from renewables by 2025.
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