Speaking at an American Council on Renewable Energy forum, Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Representative Bill Owens (D-NY) said on July 18 that the Department of Defense should abandon its anti-renewable approach when developing its energy policy. Biofuels and environmental issues are often contentious subjects in budget debates. Representative Owens said it is an important task to ensure military installations have secure sources of power to decrease the risk of cyber-attacks.