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The following blog post was originally published in the 25x25 blog and was written by President of the American Council On Renewable Energy, Vice Admiral Dennis McGinn. 

The Senate should be commended for overwhelmingly voting this week to eliminate harmful restrictions on the U.S. military's efforts to expand its use of biofuels. Two overwhelmingly bipartisan votes in the upper chamber now focuses attention on the House of Representatives, where some lawmakers are continuing to insist on language in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would prohibit the military – the nation’s biggest user of oil and gasoline ‑ from expanding its use of biofuels.

Election 2012: Mostly Good News for Clean Energy

Published on 29 Nov 2012  |   Written by 

As President Obama and the lame ducks head toward the fiscal cliff, what do his resounding victory and other election results mean for the clean energy industry?

Biofuels Yield Military, Economic Dividends

Published on 26 Nov 2012  |   Written by 

By James Marvin, A former Navy Seal and currently a clean-energy consultant at Environmental Entrepreneurs.

Every day around the world, technologies that are developed by the military help our troops carry out missions that keep America safe.  But beyond strengthening our national security and giving Americans peace of mind, military investments in technology yield another dividend — economic growth. And a new report from Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) shows just how big that growth can be.  >>View blog post at www.stripes.com 

Green On The Gridiron

Published on 20 Nov 2012  |   Written by 

By ACORE CEO and President, Vice Admiral Dennis V. McGinn 

This past Sunday during halftime of the Redskins—Eagles game, I accepted the NRG Sustainable Futures Award, presented by Arun Banskota, President of eVgo, a NRG Energy company and co-chair of ACORE’s Transportation Initiative. It was an honor to receive the NRG Sustainable Futures Award on Military Appreciation Day in front of tens of thousands of Washington Redskins fans. I accepted the award with great humility, fully realizing that it symbolizes not just my work, but the collective hard work of our members and the ACORE staff day in and day out—helping move the industry forward.

Divided We Stand, Together We Move Forward

Published on 15 Nov 2012  |   Written by 

**Originally published in The National Journal's Energy Expert Blog

By ACORE CEO and President, Vice Admiral Dennis V. McGinn

With the election behind us, let’s hope this is the end to an ugly era of polarization in American politics. Over the past few years, Americans have listened to political bickering across almost every spectrum of policy on the state and national level. Despite many differences between our two parties, bipartisan support for renewable energy is growing and policymakers should take note. Many different points of view are constantly being expressed on which programs and policies work best, but politicians should understand that Americans expect our government to bring more renewable energy to scale. If Congress extends the Production Tax Credit, one of the most notable renewable energy tax credits by the end of the year, this will be a valuable indication that Washington has the ability to work together to achieve bipartisan policies for the good of the nation.

By ACORE CEO and President, Vice Admiral Dennis V. McGinn

During the final sprint to Election Day, Americans will hear political leaders point fingers as they attempt to explain why the U.S. is experiencing slow domestic job growth. We will hear versions of an “all of the above” energy strategy, versions that may not in fact fairly embrace all of our domestic energy resources. Evidence of the lack of consistent support for all sources of energy abounds in Congress’s failure to extend the Production Tax Credit (PTC) even as the wind industry has been making significant gains in previous years. If leaders of any party want to truly establish “all of the above” energy strategy that embraces all sources of energy--natural gas, fossil fuels, and renewable energy--on a level playing field, the PTC must be extended.

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