VGJ Attends Operation Free in Washington DC

Posted by on 09/16/2009 in News & Events

On September 10th, four members of Veterans Green Jobs joined 150 veterans from around the country in Washington D.C. to speak out against U.S. dependence on fossil fuels, and to call for action against the national security threat of climate change.   Hosted by OperationFREE <http://www.operationfree.net/home/> , this meeting brought veterans together with state senators to discuss the important relationship between current sources of energy and national security.

Garett Reppenhagen, VGJ's Director of Veterans Development, speaks at the event. Photo courtesy of Ramona du Houx.

Garett Reppenhagen, VGJ's Director of Veterans Development, speaks at the event. Photo courtesy of Ramona du Houx.

Veterans Green Jobs members T.J. Buonomo, Thom Cassidy, Mike Flaherty, and Garett Reppenhagen had the honor of meeting many veterans who agree that climate change is a major threat and fast, bold action must be taken soon in order to salvage the integrity of our nation’s security.  Veterans Green Jobs underscored its position that energy efficiency and reducing consumption of fossil fuels is an important first step to mitigate climate change, and that a nationwide move towards renewable sources of energy is critical to our nation’s safety.

OperationFREE is a coalition of leading veterans and national security organizations supporting legislation that encourages America to cut down on carbon consumption and emissions, create clean energy incentives that will accelerate new technology and create jobs, and help consumers and businesses develop energy efficiency practices.

The event was led by Senator John Warner, who pushed for a comprehensive clean energy and climate plan that delivers more clean energy jobs, less pollution, and greater national security.  The new coordinated campaign builds on the effort that passed the American Clean Energy & Security Act through the House of Representatives.   The unprecedented OperationFREE grassroots effort assembles a broad array of organizations representing more than 12 million Americans.

One of the few examples of “boots on the ground” in this movement, Veterans Green Jobs continues to implement real programs that train and place
veterans in meaningful clean energy careers.   The OperationFREE event was covered in part by VetVoice <http://www.vetvoice.com/showDiary.do?diaryId=3149> .