SEATTLE - Military veterans are crisscrossing the western states in a
tour bus, sharing a message from their unique prespective about the
relationship between America's national security and our energy policy.
The Veterans for American Power tour visits Seattle today after a stop
this week in Olympia.
Matt Victoriano, a former Marine who served in Iraq and who now serves
in the Army National Guard, will speak out alongside other vets, about
what he sees as a vital need to reduce dependence on foreign energy
"Most of us over in Iraq at some point were guarding oil or gasoline
supply convoys or oil refineries. Instead of taking out the people that
need to be taken out, we're wasting assets."
Victoriano believes it makes more sense to keep our energy dollars at
home rather than sending them abroad, and that America has the
potential to produce its own energy through cleaner means. He says the
Department of Defense is already undertaking "green" projects across
the country. He also points to the new Quadrennial Defense Review,
released Monday by the Defense Department, which lists climate change
as a factor in national security.
"It recognizes that, through our own use of carbon-based energy, we're
helping to cause climate change in the forms of droughts, floods,
hurricanes, or more powerful hurricanes, that are destabilizing regions
throughout the world and creating breeding grounds for terrorists."
The tour stops today at noon across from the Space Needle in downtown
Seattle. It's one of more than 60 stops in 17 states, and the tour is
part of a national group known as Operation Free. Its next stop is
Montana. For information about the campaign, visit www.OperationFree.net