As Congress Dithers, Military Provides Leadership On Green Energy

despite the political mess, one very public group is providing leadership on energy because it doesn't have a choice: the United States military. They’re not at the tip of the green spear because they’re a group of tree-hugging environmentalists, either.
As my colleague Mike Signer has written:

[C]lean energy and efficiency programs would not only help reduce our carbon output and achieve energy efficiency; they would directly increase ... Full Story »

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Subjects: World, Sci/Tech
Topics: Global Warming, Energy, Climate Change
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Posted by: Posted by Beth Wellington - Jun 10, 2010 - 6:10 PM PDT
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Edited by: Beth Wellington - Jun 10, 2010 - 6:12 PM PDT
Beth Wellington
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by Beth Wellington - Jun. 22, 2010

This writer provides information on the promotion of energy efficiency in a sector I hadn't considered--the military and posits that with the stalemate in Congress, savings there may exceed the civilian sector. He links to two other publications related to staff at his employer, the Progressive Policy Institute but I would have liked to have seen something by outside authors.

Interestingly, according to the latest polls, the public is ahead of Congress regarding efficiency. See last link about Americans being "crazy socialists." Do you want to require utilities to expand renewables? Yes 87, No 9. Do you want tougher efficiency standards? Yes 78, No 17. Do you want limits on CO2? Yes 66, No 29.

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Dwight Rousu
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by Dwight Rousu - Jun. 25, 2010

A short shotgun story about energy efficiency efforts in the military. The background of how much fossil fuels the military uses, and what they use it for is missing.

One person in my work group spent full time on DOD proposals for green energy studies and projects.

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Patricia L'Herrou
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by Patricia L'Herrou - Jun. 22, 2010

while not in-depth, this article does point out how seriously energy efficiency is taken at least in some quarters of the military. one important significant statistic here: "every $10 increase in the price of oil translates into a $1.3 billion increase in the pentagon's operating costs."

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Ben Ross
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by Ben Ross - Jun. 22, 2010

Clear statement of the obvious....the military uses lots of fuel and pays plenty for prognosis of current events and technology, often with accountability.

who better to help guide national energy policy

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Barry Grossheim
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by Barry Grossheim - Jun. 22, 2010

Congress may be useless but we can look to the U.S. Military to advance the war on global warming.

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