Veterans, National Security Leaders Stand Up For Clean Energy in New Repower America TV Ad

Published November 11th, 2009 - 01:07 GMT

As the nation prepares to celebrate Veterans Day and honor the brave men and women who serve in our Armed Forces, the Alliance for Climate Protection's Repower America campaign today released a new television ad featuring veterans and national security leaders in their own voices
calling for bold action now on clean energy and climate change to strengthen
America's national security. The ad, called "Voices - Veterans," will run on
national cable starting on Veteran's Day. The new spot can be viewed at
www.repoweramerica.org.

"Voices - Veterans" features young Iraq War veterans alongside respected military
and national security leaders such as General Brent Scowcroft and General Wesley
Clark making the urgent call for action now on clean energy and climate change so
that we can end America's dependence on foreign oil and strengthen our national
security. General Scowcroft, U.S. National Security Advisor under Presidents Gerald
Ford and George H. W. Bush and a retired Lieutenant General in the U.S. Air Force,
states in the ad that "climate change threatens our national security," while Terron
Sims, Jr., a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who served in Iraq says, "Stop sending our
dollars overseas to be used against us." General Wesley Clark, a 34-year U.S. Army
veteran who served as NATO's Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, concludes the ad
stating, "We need to repower and there is no better time to do it than right now."

"As some of our nation's most respected military leaders have made clear, global
climate change, fueled by our harmful dependence on foreign oil, puts our men and
women serving overseas and our entire nation at risk," said Maggie L. Fox, President
and CEO of the Alliance for Climate Protection. "By repowering America with clean
energy, we can stop sending our hard-earned money overseas for foreign oil, invest
it here to get our economy moving again, and help solve the climate crisis."

This new TV ad is a continuation of the groundbreaking multimedia campaign launched
by Repower America last week to demonstrate broad national consensus - from
veterans, faith leaders, the business community, conservationists and more - for
bold action on clean energy and climate. The new Repower effort, supported by an
integrated online, field and advertising campaign, centers around a virtual Repower
Wall, where thousands of people have already uploaded messages of strong support for
action to create clean energy jobs, safeguard America's economic and national
security future, and solve the climate crisis. The Repower Wall may be accessed at
www.repoweramerica.org/wall.

Scores of veterans, national security leaders, and organizations such as VoteVets,
the Truman National Security Project and Operation Free have already posted to the
Repower Wall, including:

Brigadier General Steve Cheney, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.): "I believe that global
warming and climate change is a national security issue. With my background as a
retired military officer, I've seen what the climate can do to our national
interests and our national security."


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