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Big Idea: A Green Energy Offensive From the Department of Defense

The military’s energy innovation can set the stage for a job-creating, deficit-reducing national shift.



The snarky back-and-forth of the 2012 presidential campaign may be entertaining, but this is our once-every-four-years chance to mix it up over the big challenges the United States is facing. We're launching the Campaign for Big Ideas to make the run for the White House smarter, bolder, and a lot more ambitious.

How often do the top climate change official at the World Wildlife Fund and a group of four-star generals share the same opinion on national security?

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Just How Small a Sliver is Energy Spending in Our National Budget? Energy R&D Spending is Dwarfed By Defense and Health Budgets

All those "wasteful" energy programs currently threatened by the House GOP are but a tiny thread compared to military and health spending.


Wake me when the so-called "deficit hawks" stop gutting our paltry energy spending and start talking about the Department of Defense.

This chart (cc) from Third Way was released as part of a report—Creating a Clean Energy Century—last fall. I actually linked to it awhile back, but it feels particularly timely right now as the House GOP threatens pretty much every crumb of R&D funding. (Except for investment in nuclear and deep offshore drilling, of course.)

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Army General: Saving Energy Will Save Lives

Improving energy efficiency in military operations will save the lives of our brave troops overseas.

"Until the Defense Department develops battlefield policies recognizing that energy efficiency contributes to military effectiveness," writes retired Army brigadier general Steven M. Anderson in The New York Times, "more blood will be shed, billions of dollars will be wasted, our enemies will have thousands of vulnerable fuel trucks for targets and our commanders will continue to be distracted by the task of overseeing fuel convoys."

As I've said here over and over again—and as others, much more qualified than I have also said—the military and national security argument for clean energy and energy efficiency should not be ignored.

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