03 Jun '11, 4am

A Nimbler, More Energy-Efficient Marine Corps

Associated Press The military hopes that by relying less on fossil fuels, troops will be more speedily deployed and less vulnerable to attacks. Last fall militants in Pakistan set fire to tankers supplying oil to NATO and American troops, including the one above, in the city of Rawalpindi. Last year I wrote about how American troops sent into conflict zones were relying more on renewable energy and green products. In places like Afghanistan, fuel supply routes are extremely vulnerable to attacks, putting soldiers at risk when their cargo includes oil, diesel or kerosene-based fossil fuels. What is more, regiments tethered to such fuels are less nimble. Soldiers assigned to guard fuel trucks are not available for other tasks. Now the Marine Corps plans to expand the deployment of green technologies that would be useful on the battlefield. “The goal is to make the Marines a ...

Full article: http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/06/02/a-nimbler-more-...

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