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Jan. 20, 2011 at 10:57am

New Mission for U.S. Military: Breaking its Dependence on Oil

When it comes to energy consumption, no single part of the U.S. government comes close to the Department of Defense. Military operations account for about 80 percent of the federal government’s total energy use; last year, the energy budget for the U.S. armed forces reached $13.4 billion.

Pentagon leaders say this staggering reliance on fossil fuels is not just expensive. It’s a threat to U.S. troops, they note, as supplying an increasingly energy-hungry army exposes fuel supply lines to attack and makes frontline troops more vulnerable to energy disruptions. For these and other reasons, U.S. Marine Corps General Jim Mattis has said, “Unleash us from the tether of fuel.”

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comments [12]  |  posted under business, economy, energy, fossil fuels, green, military, oil, solar


by NineInchNachos on 1/20/2011 @ 12:47pm
they'll break oil dependence the moment all the world is completely out of the stuff

by fredo on 1/20/2011 @ 1:04pm
We should immediately begin using an alternative fuel which is in great abundance and readily available such as feedtacoma (tm) utopian fairy dust.

by The Jinxmedic on 1/20/2011 @ 1:11pm
You can buy Fairy Dust at Crescent Moon Gifts over on 6th Avenue...

by seejane on 1/20/2011 @ 1:26pm
I like the idea of putting a portion of the military budget towards developing a viable alternative to oil - it would be to our advantage in many, many ways to say to the Middle East "bye bye".

by BE Green South Sound on 1/20/2011 @ 4:56pm
I don't think you're going to convince any marines or other grunts to pump anything called "fairy dust" into anything. But think of all the great job titles that would come out of such a development...

by JesseHillFan on 1/21/2011 @ 4:48pm
That's easy it's called Thorium,Uranium and Plutonium

by seejane on 1/22/2011 @ 9:04am
Halliburtium will be the trade name

by Jesse on 1/22/2011 @ 10:39am
I had heard that the stimulus package of 2009 had an abundance of money in it for solar research. The goal is to make solar for your home actually affordable by 2015.

Imagine no more power plants built? In our lifetime we could be selling power from our homes back into the grid to run places like the port, big cities, etc. Neet-o.

by JesseHillFan on 1/22/2011 @ 11:09pm
Here was a kid that was building a nuclear breeder reactor in his yard.
Radioactive Boy Scout

by Jesse on 1/23/2011 @ 10:15am
Damned Boy Scouts anyways...

by jenyum on 1/23/2011 @ 2:54pm
I like to ride the streetcar from my house to that rad downtown grocery store where they sell the best organic locally grown fairy dust.

by jenyum on 1/23/2011 @ 6:57pm
...the streetcar by the way does not run on fairy dust. It is powered solely by the principles of good urban design.


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