We have reported on the imperialism induced by national addiction to oil, together with the growing tension all that brings to the table of foreign relations.
Still, somehow it seems out of place for MOMCOM to remove the "O" out of the name, to remove the oil from the military oil media complex doesn't it? (MGMCOM ... military green media complex?)
But evidently that is what is happening, albeit on a small scale for the time being:
The 150 Marines of Company I, Third Battalion, Fifth Marines, will be the first to take renewable technology into a battle zone, where the new equipment will replace diesel and kerosene-based fuels that would ordinarily generate power to run their encampment.(NY Times). The military showing more saavy than the congress underscores a travesty. Perhaps that will begin to change if the White House and military step out and set an example.
Even as Congress has struggled unsuccessfully to pass an energy bill and many states have put renewable energy on hold because of the recession, the military this year has pushed rapidly forward. After a decade of waging wars in remote corners of the globe where fuel is not readily available, senior commanders have come to see overdependence on fossil fuel as a big liability, and renewable technologies — which have become more reliable and less expensive over the past few years — as providing a potential answer. These new types of renewable energy now account for only a small percentage of the power used by the armed forces, but military leaders plan to rapidly expand their use over the next decade.
The military has controlled the development of a lot of science, so I am struggling to see a silver lining on the dark clouds approaching.
Perhaps the military could look at the notion of The Methanol Economy, as well as tidal generators for development within our existing infrastructure.