Global Warming and the U.S. Military

Feel how you may about the Pentagon and the U.S. Military, but they are leading the way in warning about the dangers of global warming. They may have their own reasons, but they are spending billions of dollars becoming greener. One of the many steps the military is taking is making the SEALs into a “leaner, greener tactical force” as they reduce their environmental footprint.

The Army is also targeting net-zero energy use at several bases, and the Navy and Air Force are experimenting with running jets on biofuels that use wood waste and algae and less petroleum. In Afghanistan, patrols now carry eco-friendly solar blankets and LED lamps.

“There is not a shred of political correctness in what the military is doing with energy efficiency or renewable energy,” said Dennis McGinn, a retired Navy vice admiral who now serves as president of the D.C.-based American Council on Renewable Energy and as vice chair of the military advisory board for CNA, a 70-year-old think tank that began as a Naval antisubmarine research group during World War II. “From lance corporal to general, they are on board. They live with the problems from the over-reliance on fossil fuels.”

The green energy investments are not about “advancing an environmental agenda,” said Thomas Hicks, the Navy’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy. “They’re about improving our combat capability, improving our mission effectiveness, and reducing our vulnerabilities to foreign sources of fossil fuel and returning more of our brave sailors and Marines back home to their families safely.”

While the military has it’s own reasons for going green, and even given how difficult that has been in this political climate with┬áCongressional Republicans repeatedly questioning and criticizing the Armed Forces’ new-energy strategies by portraying initiatives as political favors to clean-energy businesses, it seems more than reasonable that there are lessons the rest of us should pay serious attention to.

From an article by Joshua Zaffos and Daily Climate appearing the online Scientific American

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