SAFE, ESLC Congratulate Admiral Dennis Blair

December 19, 2008

WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ – Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) and the Energy Security Leadership Council (ESLC) today congratulated fellow ESLC member Admiral Dennis Blair (U.S. Navy, retired) on his nomination as Director of National Intelligence.

“The Energy Security Leadership Council’s loss is America’s gain,” ESLC co-chairman General P.X. Kelley (U.S. Marine Corps, retired) said. “There are few people in the country who possess a better understanding of our energy security risks and what needs to be done to face them. Dennis Blair has been a strong and consistent voice for the difficult choices we need to make to keep our nation strong and secure. I am confident that will remain a driving priority as a member of the Obama administration. On behalf of the entire ESLC, I congratulate him on his appointment and wish him all the very best.”

The ESLC, a project of SAFE, is a group of prominent business and military leaders committed to reducing our nation’s dependence on oil. Formed in 2006 and led by General Kelley and Frederick W. Smith — Chairman, President, and CEO of FedEx Corporation — the ESLC has been at the forefront of the energy debate, advocating for a comprehensive set of solutions to the economic and national security threats posed by our nation’s energy security vulnerabilities.

In September, the ESLC released A National Strategy For Energy Security, a comprehensive framework that aims to improve U.S. energy security and enhance environmental sustainability while safeguarding economic growth. The National Strategy represents a bold vision: the diversification of U.S. transportation fuels, primarily by electrifying cars and trucks, increasing access to domestic oil and natural gas supplies, and accelerating the development and deployment of new energy-related technologies.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to work with Admiral Dennis Blair for the last three years,” SAFE President and CEO Robbie Diamond said. “Admiral Blair was a key part of the effort to develop and release the ESLC’s A National Strategy for Energy Security. His commitment to improving our national security by reducing our oil dependence is strong and unwavering. We hope that the Obama administration utilizes Admiral Blair’s expertise on energy security matters. SAFE and the ESLC will miss Admiral Blair’s wisdom, integrity, and commitment, but there can be no doubt that the nation will benefit from those very same qualities.”

Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) is an action-oriented, nonpartisan organization that aims to reduce America’s dependence on oil and improve U.S. energy security to bolster national security and strengthen the economy.

SOURCE Securing America’s Future Energy

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