Renewable Energy a Better Investment than Fifth FleetWould Americans rather pay taxes to project 5th Fleet firepower in the Middle East, or invest those hard-earned dollars domestically to foment a transition from finite energy to renewable energy? Would we be spending so much blood and treasure in the region if not for the oil?

North America is rich in a variety of renewable and non-renewable resources. If we took all the money from the Iraq wars, Afghanistan and whatever we’re spending on all other Middle East oil protection, there would be enough resources to make America energy-independent.

Germany is an example of what can be achieved through heavy renewable energy investments. Since the early 1990s, they have installed more than 1 million solar energy systems and 26,000 wind turbines and now derive more than 20 percent of their energy from renewable sources.

In June 2011, German Chancellor Angela Merkel made an emphatic case for the success of this approach by declaring they will now eliminate nuclear power in the wake of the Fukushima disaster. Is it an accident that Germany has one of the strongest economies in the world today?

In World War II, the United States showed the world what can be achieved by a unified, innovative and highly motivated population. In 2011, Germany is showing us the way.

It’s time for America to pull together around energy independence and make it unnecessary for leaders like President Obama to navigate the perilous waters of the Strait of Hormuz.

Phil Coupe

Co-founder, ReVision Energy