Several active and former military officers from South Carolina called Friday for Congress to adopt new energy and climate policies this year -- or the country will face increasing national security threats.
At a news conference in Columbia, Sen. Phil Leventis, D-Sumter, and James Smith, D-Richland, voiced their support for such legislation, as did James Holland, the American Legions South Carolina commander. Leventis is a retired Air National Guard general; Smith is an Army officer who served in Afghanistan.
A May 2009 report signed by a dozen high-ranking former military offices said dependence on fossil fuels and the nations fragile electricity grid pose significant security threats.
We need a better energy policy in this country, one that will take into account the national security risks of relying on a resource that is in the hands of nations that are not necessarily friendly to our interests, Leventis said.
We are at a crossroads, Smith said.