Energy Issues

Military PicThe Department of Defense – the single largest consumer of energy in the country1
U.S. Department of Defense, September 2011
– has a goal to derive 25% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2025.2
U.S. Government Printing Office
Critics have decried this goal as unnecessary and expensive, but in reality, renewable energy cuts costs and brings critical benefits to our entire national security apparatus.

America’s reliance on foreign sources of energy and fossil fuels has embroiled the country in costly diplomatic conflicts and placed our troops at risk. From 1976 to 2007, the U.S. spent $7.3 trillion defending its access to foreign sources of oil in the Persian Gulf.3
Energy Policy, January 2010
And one out of every eight U.S. Army casualties in Iraq was the result of protecting fuel convoys – an immeasurable price to pay.4
CNN Money, August 2011

Here at home, renewable energy offers a more secure national defense infrastructure. 99% of the over 500 military installations in the U.S. are reliant on the commercial electricity grid,5
Business Executives for National Security, October 2012
and in 2012, the Department of Defense reported 87 power outages lasting longer than 8 hours at its bases.6
Center for National Policy, April 2014
Distributed renewables that can operate on “island mode”7
Solar Energy Industries Association, May 2013
can ensure that U.S. military installations are never rendered impotent.

  Aug 08, 2014  |    The Washington Post

  Jul 01, 2014  |    Boston Globe

  Apr 22, 2014  |    Environmental Research Letters

  Apr 10, 2014  |    The Hill

  Apr 07, 2014  |    The Huffington Post

  Nov 21, 2013  |    Environment America

  Sep 26, 2013  |    The US Chamber of Commerce

  Feb 15, 2013  |    Yahoo News

  Feb 15, 2013  |    American Security Project

  Feb 15, 2013  |    American Security Project

  Jun 14, 2012  |    Congressional Research Service

  Jun 14, 2012  |    CNN

  Jun 14, 2012  |    U.S. Navy

  Jun 14, 2012  |    Congressional Research Service

  Jun 14, 2012  |    U.S. Air Force

  Jun 14, 2012  |    Honeywell

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