This is kinda old news by now, but, considering it’s lack of publicity, I thought it was appropriate enough to mention today. The US Navy has been making significant steps to reduce reliance on petroleum in its aircraft, vehicles, and even land bases. This is really exciting for the Planeteer in me, but more so because, tactically, reducing reliance on petroleum naturally reduces reliance on imported petroleum and frees certain military interests from maintaining a stable foreign fuel supply. It seems a little lopsided that “the most powerful nation on earth” would rely on fuel from foreign powers, but that is the situation that has evolved since the 1950’s. From the environmental angle, it’s certainly a step in the right direction to reduce (I’m not going to play the “carbon footprint” card) the potential for environmental toxins to be released through the production and transport of oil. Not only does this bode well for the commercial aviation industry (who will benefit from the Navy’s extensive field testing), but having bases become self-reliant for energy will reduce the impact on electrical consumption in urban areas that have existing over-consumption problems. Anything to make the system smarter and cleaner works for me.
Perhaps now we should call them the “Green Angels”?
Read the full article here (via NavyTimes)