Retired Rear Admiral Larry Baucom and Republican Garry Lambert have teamed up to change US government and military policy toward our dependence on foreign oil. America’s ‘addiction’ on foreign oil is not only a huge burden on our military, but also a national security issue. The US consumes a fourth of the world’s oil, and yet only holds 3% of the known reserves. Domestic drilling, as the GOP often sees as the solution, will not solve the long term problem, “We cannot drill our way out.” Climate change is an interwoven concern since change in weather patterns, and the severity of future storms, will create greater national security issues as it pertains to resources.
The Department of Defense is the single largest consumer of oil; 93% of all federal energy consumption. That figure equates to nearly 340,000 barrels a day. A national policy change is currently under way towards renewable energy, and the promise for a more secure future is looking brighter.