Ex-CIA director in Tallahassee to tout renewable energy

03/10/09 Mitch E. Perry
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Former CIA Chief James Woolsey told the House Energy and Utility Policy Committee that the nation's electricity grids are vulnerable to terrorists, and energy needs to be diversified away from a reliance on a centralized generation system.

Woolsey is a neocon who has seen the light when it comes to alternative energy. In addition to leading the CIA under Bill Clinton, he also served as Jimmy Carter’s Undersecretary of the Navy, and later became a big supporter of the Iraq war.

He has also became a green energy advocate in recent years. He currently drives a Prius plug-in, has appeared in the films Who Killed the Electric Car? and Leonardo DiCaprio's The 11th Hour. Woolsey is a founding member of the Set America Free Coalition, a group highlighting the security and economic implications of the country’s dependence on foreign oil.

Woolsey described the electricity grid going out as equivalent to a terrorist attack.

In his appearance today, Woolsey said that Florida uses oil for 10 percent of its energy sources, which may not sound like a lot, but he said only Hawaii has a higher proportion usage. He said one way to transition out of this is for the partial electrification of transportation.

And he says we must move to electricity for transportation.

Tonight state Rep. Adam Hasner is hosting a reception and screening of the documentary Who Killed the Electric Car? in Tallahassee. He also spoke to a Senate committee.

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