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The U.S. Military Case for Regional Renewable-Energy Grids

KVUE (Austin):

“Acknowledge. You don’t have to give it a political label. Science doesn’t care if you believe in it or not,” retired four-star Air Force general Ronald Keys said.

Keys is now with a group called CNA that advises the United States military about energy and climate threats to homeland security.

“If we are in fact going to start having more frequent and stronger storms, are we going to be caught up in this to the point that it starts to affect our military mission?” Keys told 9NEWS before delivering the keynote speech to the Farm Bureau in Colorado.

Keys is on the CNA advisory board, made up of retired three-star and four-star generals and admirals. He said they are a non-profit group meant to be a middle man between policy makers and the military.

CNA is no longer an acronym. It used to stand for the Center of Naval Analysis, but they dropped that acronym when they expanded their services.

Keys says there is now enough convincing research, along with the recent rise in natural disasters across the country, to seriously consider the climate as a threat to national security.

“That’s the danger that you have,” Keys said. “If you have mother nature, and something is happening, and then you have one of your adversaries over here going okay, now they’re busy, and they’re having some problems. We can make their problems worse.”

“If I was really upset with the U.S. that would be a great time to do something,” Keys said. “If I were them, that would be the time, ‘I’d go okay, kick them in the shins now.’”

Keys said that the government turns to the military to respond to natural disasters because it is a readymade force of manpower, that is trained and ready to respond quickly. Keys’ advice to the military is to restructure and retrain to prepare for the impact of more intense storms in the future.

Keys has also voiced his concerns to the military about threats to America’s power grid. He says that having huge regional grids makes us vulnerable to natural disasters, as well as physical and cyber attacks from terrorists.

“The fact that our grid is built in three parts, it’s east, west, and Texas,” he said. “They are connected at about nine critical points, and if you knew where they were at a classified level, and you could attack those, you could take down at least one, if not more of the regional grids. That’s a lot of people in the dark.”

His solution is to expand renewable energy. He says that way, more of our power would be generated locally, instead of coming from big generation facilities down range.

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