Modern warfare is fuel intensive.
An article in Defense Industry Daily says the military expends 7 gallons of fuel to transport each gallon of fuel to the troops in Afghanistan.
In fact, according to the Brookings Institute, "the U.S. Department of Defense is the world's single largest consumer of energy."
Highly combustible oil-based fuel becomes an easy target for hostile forces. During war, enemies are eager to blow up U.S. fuel transport conveys and fuel storage facilities, often taking American lives with them.
To protect troops, U.S. military leaders are pushing to replace oil supplies with solar and wind power in the field. According to the New York Times, a Marine battalion in Afghanistan will be the first to bring solar panels with them into the battle zone.
Cutting down on explosive oil-based fuels in the field will save lives, but there are additional opportunities to reduce the military fuel burden at home. The U.S. Airforce has led the way in transitioning bases to renewable power sources, says Michael J. Hornitschek, Lt Col, USAF, author of War Without Oil: A Catalyst For True Transformation.
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