claim: The military shouldn’t be using expensive, experimental renewable energy technologies.
fact: Our nation’s military leaders – uniformed and civilian – believe that using greater amounts of renewable energy saves lives and money, increases operational effectiveness and enhances the nation’s energy security by reducing dependence on foreign oil.
- The military has several good reasons to move away from petroleum-based fuels:
- One out of eight U.S. Army casualties in Iraq (2003-2007) resulted from protecting fuel convoys. (Source: CNN, http://cnnmon.ie/n0ajz1)
- The Department of Defense is the world’s largest single consumer of oil and has a goal of getting 25% of its energy from renewable sources by 2025. (Source: U.S. Department of Defense, http://bit.ly/jvaGS3)
- Because it does not have alternatives to oil, the DOD spent $15 billion on petroleum-based fuel for military operations in 2011. (Source: National Defense Magazine, http://bit.ly/Io5c5p)
- It costs the Department of Defense an additional $1.3 billion – nearly equal to the Marines’ entire procurement budget – every time oil prices rise by $10. (Source: CNA Military Advisory Board, http://bit.ly/Ld34Sh)
- Since 2010, nine different U.S. Navy vessels and aircraft have been successfully powered by advanced, domestic biofuels, including the super-sonic biofuel flight of the F/A-18 “Green Hornet,” the MH-60S Seahawk, the MV-22 Osprey, the T-45 Goshawk, AV-8B Harrier, the Fire Scout unmanned vehicle, the Riverine Command Boat (RCB-X), the USS Paul F. Foster destroyer and the USS Ford frigate. (Source: Honeywell, http://bit.ly/Lor1UM)
- Nevada’s Nellis Air Force Base has a 14 MW solar facility, which supplies more than 25% of the power used at the base. (Source: CleanTechnica, http://bit.ly/JwkxC3)
- 7,000 megawatts of additional solar energy can be generated on military installation rooftops in the Mojave Desert, according to a DOD analysis. (Source: US Department of Defense, http://bit.ly/LreMXt)
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