06 Oct '11, 10am

Why the Defense Department is Way Ahead of Congress on Clean Energy

Why the Defense Department is Way Ahead of Congress on Clean Energy

It should come as no surprise that fossil fuel companies are trying to discredit their biggest competitors: the clean energy industry. Together with their allies in Congress, they are trying to use the failure of one solar company to paint the entire renewable sector as a dangerous risk. The people actually in charge of keeping this country safe, however, know the opposite is true. The Department of Defense -- the nation's largest consumer of energy -- has pledged to get 25 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2025. The Navy and the Marine Corps are going even farther. They plan to reduce fossil energy use by 50 percent by 2020 and cut the petroleum used in their non-tactical fleet by 50 percent by 2015. The Air Forces plans to use alternative fuels for 50 percent of its domestic aviation needs by 2016. The military made this commitment for pragmatic reasons. It...

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