New 'clearing house' helps renewable energy co-exist with military

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  • Baron Scarpia Logan, UT
    Nov. 9, 2011 6:19 a.m.

    The story with the military's significant support for renewable energy is that most of the deaths of U.S. soldiers and contractors in Afghanistan and Iraq were from our enemies targeting military fuel convoys. From 2002 to 2007, over 3000 deaths resulted from transporting oil to our troops in remote regions of those countries.

    Indeed, the Wall Street Journal reported a couple of years ago, that gasoline costs upwards of $400 a gallon, due to the transportation and security costs of getting that precious fuel to our troops in the field.

    Consequently, the military is investing significantly into energy efficiency and renewable energy systems to run weaponry and military vehicles -- "More fight, less fuel" is the slogan in military circles.

    It is expected that the innovations from this work will spill into consumer markets in the coming decade.