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Daily Dose: Pentagon Accepts Alternative Energy Options

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus has announced that the Navy and Marine Corps will be shifting towards alternative energy to “make us better war fighters.”

As the nation’s single biggest energy consumer, the Pentagon has many reasons to want to diversify its fuel sources. Mabus and others say the move toward alternative energy is about national security and assured sources of supply.

This project is ambitious because it will cost the military more money per year, but they are pushing ahead on the agenda because they feel that this shift is necessary. The use of renewable energy increased by 300% between 2006 and 2009, and is continuing to grow.The Defense Department’s goal is to obtain 25 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2025.

What do you think about this green initiative? Do you think it will actually reduce a significant amount of greenhouse gas emissions? Are we spending too much money on this project?

Military spearheads clean-energy drive


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