Fmr. Specialist Robin Eckstein
“I am a disabled Army veteran who saw combat on the battlefields of Iraq. During my deployment, it became clear how dangerous it is for America to rely so heavily on fossil fuels. As a truck driver on convoys going to and from the Baghdad International Airport, I knew that every trip outside the gates was “a roll of the dice.”
My time in Iraq inspired me to take action in advocating for greater energy efficiency in the military. I understand that increased energy efficiency means fewer solders putting their lives on the line.
In 2009, I joined Operation Free, a coalition of veterans and national security agencies campaigning for comprehensive clean energy reform.
I believe that having veterans voice their concerns over clean energy and climate change can help the country rise above the political divide. It is not an issue of left or right, it is about doing the right thing for America.”
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