Report Says U.S. Military Needs
to be Petroleum Free by 2040
Nov 10, 2010
A new report, entitled Fueling the Future
Force [pdf], from the Center For a New American Security
states the U.S. military must become oil free by
2040 in order to reduce operational vulnerabilities
and cost, and security risks caused by climate change
as well as dwindling oil reserves.
The U.S. military is a fossil fuel burning machine.
Over 77% of its energy is derived from petroleum,
while natural gas and "other electric" sources
account for the rest.
The authors say the 30-year time frame represents
a conservative hedge against the political, economic,
and environmental trends, constraints, and conditions
associated with oil. To further elucidate the need
for the military to find alternative energy sources,
the report states that for every dollar increase
in the price of oil, the U.S. Department of Defense
spends an additional US$130 million.
The authors, Christine Parthemore and Dr. Joh Nagl
outline a 12-method scheme to transition the U.S.
military toward sustainable energy.
Parthermore and Nagl explain, "Moving beyond
petroleum will allow DoD [Department of Defense]
to lead in the development of innovative technologies
that can benefit the nation more broadly, while signaling
to the world that the United States has an innovative
and adaptable force."
Read the full story at TreeHugger: US Military Needs
to Get Off OIl by 2040: Report