In a recent article on ScientificAmerican.com, contributors Joshua Zaffos and Daily Climate write about the US military's work to supply the Navy SEALS with solar technology as part of the continued push towards net zero water and energy use.
The military's current dependence on fossil feuls affects troop and national security in a variety of ways, not all of them immediately obvious. Climate change - resulting from the use of fossil fuels - can lead to both increased social unrest (and thus more civil conflicts) as well as rising water levels at military bases throughout the world. And fuel dependence itself puts soldiers at risk:
"Attacks on fuel resupply convoys...accounted for more than one-third of the U.S. Army casualties in Afghanistan in 2007, according to the Council on Renewable Energy. By employing renewable and energy-efficient technologies and practices - such as solar blankets used to recharge new instruments or batteries - soldiers and contractors cut down on resupply missions and also lighten their loads on patrols and at bases. Solar modules at frontline bases have already significantly cut diesel use, reducing the number of convoy trips - and the potential for ambushes and roadside bombs."
President Obama recently doubled Defense Department energy efficiency spending to $1 billion as part of his 2012 spending plan, which will undoubtedly help the military develop new energy innovations to address these security risks. Read more on ScientificAmerican.com.
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