The admirals and generals who made the national security case for clean energy last Monday put two other important messages in their report.
First, the U.S. military must do its part to help us shift away from fossil fuels. The uncertainty of fossil energy supplies and costs, the difficulties of providing fuel to the battlefront and the destabilizing influence of global warming are threats to military effectiveness.
The retired officers recommend that the Department of Defense become a “technological innovator, early adopter and test bed” for the clean energy future. They conclude the military must pay attention to its “carbon bootprint”, and energy consumption at military installations must be transformed with “aggressive pursuit” of efficiency, smart grids and electric vehicles.
Those goals have big consequences for the entire energy marketplace. The Department of Defense is the biggest energy consumer in the U.S. government, which is the biggest single energy consumer in the world. Continued...