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Look Who’s Going Green: the Military
Posted By E.B. Boyd On July 29, 2009 @ 11:34 am In Green Living | No Comments
There are many ways in which waging war is not a green proposition (depleted uranium casings , anyone?). But the military’s huge need for energy is making it a leader in exploring green technologies  and renewable energy.
The military has set a goal to get at least 25 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2025. But even more immediately, the fact that convoys in Iraq are primary targets for ambushes has made it more urgent for the military to implement renewables. Fuel accounts for 70 percent of those convoys’ cargo. The less fuel convoys have to transport, the thinking goes, the fewer troops put at risk.
Those who subscribe to the “army/bake sale” sentiment (“It’ll be a great day when the schools have all the money they need, and the army has to hold a bake sale to buy a bomber“) might reasonably wonder why we should get excited about the military going green. It’s simple. Military innovations often have significant ripple effects out to the rest of us. As Time  wrote earlier this year, “If the military-industrial complex can design a long-range missile that travels into space and is guided by light from the stars, it has a good chance of developing new technologies that could help governments meet emission targets without making draconian cuts to energy usage.”
So here are nine ways the military is leading the charge into the renewable energy future:
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URLs in this post:
 depleted uranium casings: http://www.csmonitor.com/2003/0515/p01s02-woiq.html
 green technologies: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/Its-Easy-to-Get-Greener-QA-with-Ed-Begley-Jr.html
 Time: http://www.time.com/time/business/article/0,8599,1886116,00.html
 Solar: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/SunlighttoElectricityHowSolarPanelsWork.html
 the China Lake Naval Air Weapons Station: http://www.geothermal.org/articles/coso.pdf
 is experimenting: http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_6712/is_33_239/ai_n29462367/pg_2/
 solar field shelters: http://www.powerfilmsolar.com/products/military_government/index.php?cat=mg_shelters
 foam insulation: http://www.earthportal.org/news/?p=2027
 avoided using 1 million barrels of oil: http://www.federaltimes.com/index.php?S=3871808
 rolling it out: http://greeninc.blogs.nytimes.com/tag/enviance/
 it has asked manufacturers: http://www.nationaldefensemagazine.org/archive/2009/February/Pages/ElectricCarsforArmyPosts,ButFuelGuzzlersforCombat.aspx
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