United States Military Leads the Way to a Stronger, Energy Independent America
The United States military is the single largest consumer of energy in the world and recognizes its dependence on fossil fuels as a strategic disadvantage in its operations around the world. To lessen their dependence on fossil fuels, the Department of Defense is developing strong green initiatives and alternative energy programs. The U.S. military has established itself on the vanguard of implementing the most advanced green and alternative fuel technologies. The programs can be found throughout every branch of the armed forces.
Pew Charitable Trust released an extensive 88 page report in September 2011 titled: From Barracks to the Battlefield – Clean Energy Innovation and America’s Armed Forces. The report details the U.S. military plans to expand and develop energy efficiency, renewable energy and alternative fuels in a quest to maintain its military superiority worldwide. The army has incorporated green technology in many sectors of its operations from on-base electric vehicles to solor power assisted humvees. The navy has developed hybrid-electric and biofuel ships with a goal of sailing a Green Strike Group by 2016 with extensive testing beginning this year. The air force is expanding its biofuel-powered and Adaptive Versatile Engine Technology (ADVENT) aircraft technology. Clearly the military is leading the way to stronger and more energy independent America and will continue to be on the forefront of developments in renewable energy, energy efficiency and alternative fuels. The Department or Defense is discussing the possibility of installing seven gigawatts of solar power on military bases to supply its own needs and to increase energy security. If you are curious and interested in seeing what new green and alternate energy technology is coming to the private sector, look to the U.S. Armed Forces.
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