From the NY Times, which is realizing that the US military is horribly interested in not being fossil fuel dependent:
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.
Holy shit, tree-hugging hippies are in charge of the US Military.
Well, that’s what the headline would be if certain politicians treated the military the way they are domestic renewables.
I’ve been pointing out the that the US Military has been level headed and leading a great deal of research into both alternative energy and, surprisingly, futurism around global warming. Leaders in the US Military are very, very concerned about these things. Reading some of the literature I’ve been able to wrangle reads like something out of TreeHugger.com.
“There are a lot of profound reasons for doing this, but for us at the core it’s practical,” said Ray Mabus, the Navy secretary and a former ambassador to Saudi Arabia, who has said he wants 50 percent of the power for the Navy and Marines to come from renewable energy sources by 2020. That figure includes energy for bases as well as fuel for cars and ships.
That’s 50% within the next 10 years. That’s ambitious, and interesting.