2012 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Fri, 3 Feb 2012 19:16:00 -0800 (PST)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] ENERGY: "Why the Military Hates Fossil Fuels"
Why the Military Hates Fossil Fuels

Amy Westervelt
February 2, 2012

A strange thing has happened in the politicization of climate change: Oil has become something conservatives must love, while things like energy efficiency and renewable energy have become stand-ins for liberal politics, government intervention, taxes, take your pick. So it is that people are always surprised to learn that one of the biggest proponents of green technology in the United States is that most conservative of organizations, the U.S. military. Reducing energy use, in particular this country’s dependence on fossil fuels, has become a priority amongst all branches of the military pretty much since we got involved in Iraq and Afghanistan, and given that the Department of Defense is the single largest consumer of energy in the country (spending about $4 billion per year on facility energy consumption), it has started with its own house.

Time and again top military leaders have spoken out against our dependence on oil as a matter of national security. The thing you need to remember about the military, though, is that it’s comprised more of doers than talkers. To wit, the Department of Defense has been making major investments of time and money in green technology of various kinds over the last several years, and has been executing plans to improve efficiency and reduce energy usage far faster than any of the countless state, local and federal programs we hear so much more about.


For the entire article, see
http://www.forbes.com/sites/amywestervelt/2012/02/02/why-the-military- hates-fossil-fuels-and-you-should-too-part-one-inefficiency/


Lenny Siegel
Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
a project of the Pacific Studies Center
278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041
Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545
Fax: 650/961-8918

Military mailing list

  Prev by Date: [CPEO-MEF] RADIATION, REUSE: "Oak Ridge [TN] cleanup gains momentum"
Next by Date: [CPEO-MEF] RADIATION, GLOBAL: "Spain says U.S. to help in nuclear clean-up"
  Prev by Thread: [CPEO-MEF] RADIATION, REUSE: "Oak Ridge [TN] cleanup gains momentum"
Next by Thread: [CPEO-MEF] RADIATION, GLOBAL: "Spain says U.S. to help in nuclear clean-up"

CPEO Lists
Author Index
Date Index
Thread Index