Following the military on green energy

The U.S. military quite literally spans the globe, with equipment and personnel in countless locations.   Keeping all those locations supplied is a Herculean logistical challenge.  A significant portion of the military’s budget and personnel are used for those re-supply efforts.  The problems with those re-supply efforts are magnified for remote bases in foreign countries – especially in war zones.  

One of the largest, most costly and most dangerous parts of the re-supply efforts is fuel.  In Afghanistan, for example, U.S. fuel consumption is about 600 million gallons a year, which requires about 210,000 fuel trucks per year to supply.  This is especially significant because an average of one American casualty results from every 24 fuel convoys.  (Fuel convoys are difficult to defend and they are frequently attacked and burned).  

Military leaders, including Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, have wisely and prudently undertaken a program to make the military more fuel efficient and reduce the size of the costly and dangerous fuel re-supply effort.  This will not only save the lives of American military personnel, it will help reduce the on-going cost of the military to American taxpayers.  The program will save over 20 million gallons of fuel per year and reduce the number of fuel trucks by 7,000 in just Afghanistan.

Like every patriotic American, I support the military’s efforts toward greater energy efficiency and reduced fuel consumption.  Opponents of the military’s energy efficiency efforts include the Taliban, and Senator James Inhofe (R- Oklahoma).

Please see the related article in Congress Blog.

About the Author

Mark H. Witte is a strong proponent for energy efficiency and renewable energy, and believes individuals should have more control over how the energy for their homes is produced.