U.S. Military Orders Less Dependence on Fossil Fuels

Every now and then tree hugger’s like me have something pop up that makes us go….

Okay maybe they aren’t being honest about this sudden “Come to Jesus” moment but here it is.  Even the freaking war pigs are talking are talking about “alternative energy”.

As my friend Will used to say, “Rats I hate it when that happens.”

Why? Because I love tooling about in our relatively fuel efficient car as much as anyone.

But here I am writing about peak oil and…

The New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/05/science/earth/05fossil.html?_r=1&hp
By ELISABETH ROSENTHAL
Published: October 4, 2010

With insurgents increasingly attacking the American fuel supply convoys that lumber across the Khyber Pass into Afghanistan, the military is pushing aggressively to develop, test and deploy renewable energy to decrease its need to transport fossil fuels.

Last week, a Marine company from California arrived in the rugged outback of Helmand Province bearing novel equipment: portable solar panels that fold up into boxes; energy-conserving lights; solar tent shields that provide shade and electricity; solar chargers for computers and communications equipment.

The 150 Marines of Company I, Third Battalion, Fifth Marines, will be the first to take renewable technology into a battle zone, where the new equipment will replace diesel and kerosene-based fuels that would ordinarily generate power to run their encampment.

Even as Congress has struggled unsuccessfully to pass an energy bill and many states have put renewable energy on hold because of the recession, the military this year has pushed rapidly forward. After a decade of waging wars in remote corners of the globe where fuel is not readily available, senior commanders have come to see overdependence on fossil fuel as a big liability, and renewable technologies — which have become more reliable and less expensive over the past few years — as providing a potential answer. These new types of renewable energy now account for only a small percentage of the power used by the armed forces, but military leaders plan to rapidly expand their use over the next decade.

Continue reading at: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/05/science/earth/05fossil.html?_r=1&hp

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