Center for Strategic Communication

BGen. Stephen A. Cheney USMC (Ret.), the CEO of American Security Project, was quoted in Reuters on July 13 on the topic of biofuels. Speaking at a panel event on Capitol Hill which included flag officers from the four branches of the military, General Cheney talked about the importance for the U.S. military to have an array of fuel options. While noting that biofuels may be expensive today, he believes the payoff will be significant. From the article:

“You’ve got to pay up-front to get the benefit down range,” said Stephen Cheney, a retired Brigadier General with the U.S. Marine Corps. “It’s going to be amortized over the life of the program.”

Part of the problem with the Navy’s program is its name, said Cheney, who leads the American Security Project, a bipartisan advocacy group that met on Wednesday at the White House with other biofuels backers for a “pep talk” on fighting back against critics.

“What do you instinctively think when you hear ‘Green Fleet?’ Environmental, green, left, Greenpeace,” Cheney said.

“I told them yesterday, I would call it ‘America’s Fleet.’ Take the green out of it,” he said.

To read the full article, click here.

To read a review of the event, “Clean Energy & the Nation’s Security: A Military Call for Action” click here.