Military budgets here and world wide are making a serious commitment to renewable energy:
How is this for a headline: Worldwide military spending on solar to be 15 times higher by 2030. Clearly, the military sees renewable energy, in particular, solar, as the right alternative to power their troops and equipment going forward. Such a commitment and investment will help spur many improvements and innovations in the use of renewable energy for mobile batteries, transportation, temporary shelters and mobile communication systems. The possibilities are phenomenal.
Here's the link and part of the story: http://gm-volt.com/2011/06/17/worldwide-military-spending-for-renewable-energy-to-increase-by-15-times-by-2030/.
"One of the siren songs for environmentalists is reducing the need for oil so governments don’t feel it necessary to fight wars for it – but ironically, one of the largest drivers in the global push for renewable energy development could well become the military.
According to a study issued this week by Pike Research, the U.S. Department of Defense as well as combined military agencies in all developed and developing countries are projected to increase annual spending of today’s $1.8 billion to $26.8 billion by 2030.
U.S. DOD renewable energy spending for land, air, and sea mobility alone is estimated to jump 5.6 times in the next four years from $400 million annually to $2.25 billion in 2015. By 2030, it is projected to be spending $7.5 billion annually just on renewable energy for mobility needs."
There is always controversy on military spending, but clearly the DOD"s investment in renewables will foster growth on the green economy side and will, long term, substantially reduce their dependence and costs on fossil fuel, 70% of which we currently import. This is a game changer and another positive step towards a cleaner use of energy.