The Real Reason Why the U.S. Military is Going Green

Start drilling if you’re worried about supply, dopey and back it up with Fischer-Tropsch or better because we have coal literally to burn.

The U.S. military consumed almost 500 thousand barrels per day of oil at the end of the Cold War. In FY 2011, its oil consumption was down to 355 thousand barrels per day despite increasing activity in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere. And yet, military oil consumption has become a strategic vulnerability, an operational Achilles’ heel, and a readiness challenge, only in the past decade. Why?

Remember, in March 2003, Lt General James Mattis (former commander of the 1st Marine Division, during the drive to Baghdad) called on the DOD to “unleash us from the tether of fuel.” Former Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne spearheaded the DOD’s push into alternative fuels in 2005 by creating a task force. Then came in 2006 Maj. Gen. Richard Zilmer’s operational request from Anbar Province for a “self-sustainable energy solution.” This was followed by the January 2007 SOTU address of the former US President Bush, who said “For too long our nation has been dependent on foreign oil. And this dependence leaves us more vulnerable to hostile regimes and to terrorists who could cause huge disruptions in oil shipments, raise the price of oil and do harm to our economy.” Repeating what Bush has said in 2007, Ray Mabus, Secretary of the Navy, has taken the lead since 2009 for pushing biofuels as a remedy to the DoD’s dependence on oil. Why?

Forget all the talks about becoming a green military, the security threat of climate change etc, the real reason is the DoD’s increasing fuel costs.


4 responses to “The Real Reason Why the U.S. Military is Going Green

  1. So $59.00 per gallon for biofuel is better than the pump price of $3.70 per gallon for gasoline? What’s the high school drop out rate in the armed forces?

  2. For a war that lasts more than a few days, the strategic reality is that you need civilian production to back up the military. The military’s need for oil products is TRIVIAL compared to the needs of the U.S. economy, and this need would continue during war.

    Biofuel, being a miniscule contributor, is not a strategic resource. It is a strategic joke. All involved, from the President down, should be fired.

  3. I’m confused
    “unleash us from the tether of fuel.”
    It doesn’t matter what the fuel source is, you will still need to get it to the front lines. Changing fuel type isn’t really going to accomplish much :S

  4. The real reason behind the U.S. Military going green is to make then an inconsequential ineffective fighting force.

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