Move over national defense, being green is now part of the U.S. military’s mission.
Tad Davis, the deputy assistant secretary of the Army for environment, safety amd occupational health told ClimateWire that,
“What we can’t allow us to become is a bunch of well-meaning, well-intended, well-educated environmental folks sitting around the fireplace singing ‘Kumbaya,'” he said. “If we are really going to be successful, it has to be embedded in our mission.”
But according to ClimateWire,
… many officers will want solid proof that “greener” fuels and equipment are reliable and perform just as well. Glenn Schmitt, environmental director at a Navy fleet fuel depot on Puget Sound, got a waiver to go back to jet fuel when he realized that biodiesel was clogging his engine filters, for example…
You can almost hear the battlefield conversation:
Tank commander: Put this thing in gear and let’s get out of here!
Tank driver: I can’t sir. It’s stuck in carbon neutral!
Shouldn’t the military just focus on its core mission — which is already difficult enough — without worrying about solving imaginary problems that have costly and performance hampering solutions?
Besides, Al Gore doesn’t worry about his carbon footprint, so why should Sgt. Fury?