30 Jan '12, 10pm

Operation Sustainability: US Military Sets Ambitious Environmental Goals

In 2009 alone, the military consumed some 375,000 barrels of oil per day , more than three-quarters of all other countries on the planet. To put that in perspective, Nigeria — with a population of more than 140 million — consumes about the same amount. During the decades of cheap fuel and easy access, feeding this complex system spread over 820 global installations was of little concern. In today’s economic climate, however, the Department of Defense (DoD) has had to adapt its energy strategy. “The stakes could not be higher,” Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said in a statement earlier this year. “Energy reform will make us better fighters. In the end, it is a matter of energy independence and it is a matter of national security. Our dependence on foreign sources of petroleum makes us vulnerable in too many ways.” According to a recent report by the Pew Charitable Trusts , the Do...

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