WASHINGTON, April 11, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Securing America's Future Energy today announced that General James T. Conway (ret.), 34th Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, has joined the Energy Security Leadership Council (ESLC). The ESLC is a group of business leaders and retired senior military officers—led by General P.X. Kelley (Ret.), 28th Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, and Frederick W. Smith, Chairman, President, and CEO of FedEx Corporation—who are committed to reducing U.S. oil dependence.
"I am proud to join General Kelley, Fred Smith, and all of the distinguished members of the Energy Security Leadership Council in their fight to end the very grave threats posed by our nation's dependence on petroleum," Conway said. "I have seen first-hand how our addiction to oil threatens national security and puts the lives of our young men and women in uniform at risk. We can and must face this threat head on."
Prior to becoming the Commandant, General Conway served for four years on the Joint Chiefs of Staff, where he oversaw the war efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan. As a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Conway functioned as a military advisor to the Secretary of Defense, the National Security Council, and the President. During his time as Commandant, Conway also led an initiative for the Marines to use less oil in its transportation and supply chain. Previously, Conway was the President of the Marine Corps University, Commanding General of 1st Marine Division, and Commander of 90,000 U.S. and British forces during the invasion of Iraq.
"General Conway has served the nation with honor and distinction, and I welcome him to the ESLC as we work to reduce American oil dependence," Kelley said. "General Conway's commitment to our nation's safety and security is already crystal clear. His dedication to this cause will help the entire ESLC as it works to chart a new course for our energy future."
The ESLC has been at the forefront of the nation's energy debate since it was created in 2006. Its Recommendations to the Nation on Reducing U.S. Oil Dependence helped shape 2007's Energy Independence and Security Act. In September 2008, the ESLC released A National Strategy for Energy Security, a new plan building on the accomplishments of 2007 by proposing the electrification of the short-haul transportation fleet along with all of the required infrastructural upgrades necessary for that effort, and measures—including increased oil and natural gas production—to keep our nation secure in the interim.