Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52), clean energy campaign Operation Free, and CleanTECH San Diego hosted a private screening, followed by a discussion on Defense Energy issues at the San Diego Central Library last week. Panelists included Andrea Marr, a former Navy officer and a spokesperson for Operation Free; CAPT James C. Goudreau, Acting Deputy Assistant Security of the Navy (Energy); David Field, President and CEO, OneRoof Energy; Adam Gerza, Director of Government Affairs, Sullivan Solar Power; Rep. Scott Peters; and, Roger Sorkin, the film's producer/director.
Rep. Scott Peters said, “San Diego is already a leader in the effort to find and implement innovative solutions for bringing more renewable energy into our military and civilian portfolios. We must give our military the tools necessary to increase self-sufficiency and protect our troops while simultaneously reducing our energy consumption. Reducing the amount of fuel we use is a national security imperative, and the Department of Defense should continue to lead the way toward a more diverse and renewable-focused energy future.”
“I’m thrilled to finally premiere THE BURDEN to the public,” said Roger Sorkin, who wrote, produced, and directed THE BURDEN. “In this film, we tell the stories behind the crucial defense energy policy issues discussed at the screening in San Diego today. I am grateful to Rep. Peters, CleanTECH and Operation Free for making this event possible.”
Andrea Marr, a former Navy officer and a spokesperson for Operation Free, said, “As a veteran, I know how critical these operational energy challenges can be – and how hard the military is fighting to address them. It’s great to see a film like THE BURDEN bring these issues to light, and to hear from engaged and supportive elected leaders like Rep. Peters.”
San Diego is a natural pick for the first public screening of THE BURDEN,” said CleanTECH San Diego President Jason Anderson. “We are a strong military town with access to incredible renewable energy resources and technology companies that can provide solutions. The big thinking and innovation it takes to change our nation’s dependency on foreign oil inevitably begins right here in San Diego.”