Operation Free cordially invites you to a showing of THE BURDEN: Fossil Fuel, the Military, and National Security on January 19, 2016 in the Filene Auditorium at Moore Hall. We will begin with a reception at 6:00 p.m. and follow with the film and panel discussion at 7:00 p.m.
The Burden is the first documentary of its kind to tell the story of our dependence on fossil fuels as the greatest long‐term national security threat confronting the U.S., and how the military is leading our transition away from oil.
There is no question that the United States is heavily dependent on fossil fuels. Specifically, the Department of Defense is the largest institutional consumer of fuel in the world. Our dependence on fossil fuels makes us extremely vulnerable to the volatile prices of the global market and puts the lives of our servicemen and women at greater risk to secure those resources. For the Department of Defense, energy security means having assured access to reliable sources and the ability to protect and deliver sufficient energy to meet operational needs. The military is leading the world in developing clean energy technology in order to meet those needs.
Following the film, we will be joined by The Honorable Sharon Burke, Former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Operational Energy and Michael Breen, CEO, Truman National Security Project; Iraq War Veteran; and Dartmouth Alum '02 for a brief panel discussion. Operation Free is excited to announce that former Mayor of Indianapolis and Marine Corps Veteran Greg Ballard will also be joining our panel. While serving as the mayor of Indianapolis, Ballard started the city's green fleet initiative, an initiative that will transition city vehicles to electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles by 2025.