OpEd: Re framing Renewable Energy as National Security

A recent Center for Naval Analysis Military Advisory Board paper clearly states that a modernized, diversified energy portfolio is essential to national security. Yet, Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s policy to “stockpile coal” continues to threaten our nation’s ability to respond to grid attacks.

A new Hill op-ed by Green Strategies’ Roger Ballentine and Miranda A.A. Ballentine lays out why DOE must get on board with what DoD (and many others) already know: renewable energy = national security.

 

Bruce Babbitt visits Green Strategies

Earlier today environmental hero Bruce Babbitt, former Secretary of Interior and Governor of Arizona, stopped by the Green Strategies office to say hello and catch up with Roger.

Roger and Bruce

Bruce and Roger admire the Green Strategies accent wall, constructed of beetle-killed pine wood.
Bruce and Roger admire the Green Strategies accent wall, constructed of beetle-killed pine wood.

A thoughtful conversation about the Pope’s Encyclical

Joel Makower at GreenBiz posted excerpts from an email exchange of Roger’s and other’s thoughts on the Pope’s encyclical. Below are Roger’s thoughts, click through to the link for the full post, which has great insight from many thought leaders, including the former VP of Sustainability at McDonald’s and CEO of the World Environment Center.

[Roger Ballentine, President of Green Strategies; formerly Chairman of the White House Climate Change Task Force and Deputy Assistant to the President for Environmental Initiatives under Bill Clinton]

Bill’s last point is important. The impact of the Pope’s Encyclical is still being measured, even as it moves off the headlines. Fundamentally, I believe that the Pope may have upended the political dynamic of the climate debate in the U.S.

To date, the climate issue has been largely debated in a two-dimensional echo chamber reinforced by calcified ideological presuppositions: it’s the economy versus the environment. Despite the fact that many of us like to think that this perceived trade-off has long-since been vanquished, political debates can sometimes be immune from evidentiary influence. What the Pope has done is add a third dimension — morality — to the binary debate. Intergenerational equity and the regressive impacts of a changing climate have long been preached, but not by a preacher with such a megaphone.

This third dimension can be particularly impactful on the U.S. climate debate precisely because neither side in the binary struggle can exclusively claim or wholly dismiss the moral message. The Pope’s visit to Washington in September will put this dimension back on the radar screen of policymakers at a time when opponents of action continue to hang their opposition on perceived short term economic considerations alone.

Read more at http://www.greenbiz.com/article/thoughtful-conversation-about-popes-encyclical

06.25.2013

Today President Obama announced his intention to place limits on carbon emissions from new and existing power plants and a renewed focus to combat climate change. The following is a supporting statement from Roger Ballentine, President of Green Strategies, Inc. and Chairman of the White House Climate Change Task Force in the Clinton Administration:

“President Obama’s announcement today is a welcome shift away from the current political stasis towards action to ensure a stable climate for future generations and cleaner air now. I and others in the business community support the President’s plan because a thriving and robust economy requires certainty to sustain itself and the effects of unchecked carbon pollution are a major threat to that certainty. While President Obama will be subjected to partisan attacks in the coming days and months, that is, unfortunately, what leadership brings in the current political environment. The fact is that changing our nation’s trajectory toward cleaner energy will lead to new infrastructure investment, new business opportunities, technological innovation and a stronger economy.”

For an official copy of our statement please click here: Green Strategies Statement of Support

12.01.11

Roger Ballentine participates in the 2011 Platts Global Energy Outlook Forum in New York and talks about the “Green Economy”>>

10.11.11

Senior Director Brian Spak’s views on Solyndra and DOE Loan Guarantee Program are Published in the Washington Post.>>

10.10.11

Roger Ballentine joins the Board of Advisor of RARE, a recently launched Trade Association dedicated to ensure the long term supply of rare earth elements. >>

09.27.11

Green Strategies is hired to assist clean tech firm Cyclone Power Technologies, Inc. develop business strategies for the commercialization of its revolutionary eco-friendly external combustion engine >>