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The US Army makes a shift toward renewable energy


"Green" energy will save the planet from negative consequences of human activity". Most often we hear this when it comes to renewable energy sources.

The U.S. Army via flickr
The U.S. Army via flickr
However, there is one more aspect, to which the American army has been relentlessly paying attention to in recent years: the "green" energy is practical.

Ten years ago, opponents of using renewable energy sources argued that this is much more expensive than using fossil fuels. This is true for many countries, although not everywhere: in the US, for example, the price of solar energy is steadily falling.

This is the main problem of energy security. The military is the largest consumers of fossil fuels in the United States. In turn, the army leadership, including US Secretary of Defense Gen. James Mattis, is keenly aware of shortcomings of heavy dependence on oil.

Renewable energy sources are safer, precisely because these sources are renewable. In addition, it is cheaper, given all risks associated with dependence on fossil fuels, including fuel convoys that are becoming an easy target, and shortage of energy that could jeopardize a mission.

The industry associated with renewable energy sources is primarily safe, as it uses portable solar panels and energy backpacks. Moreover, this industry creates new jobs due to the army's growing appetite for this product.

Some are surprised that Trump's position, directed explicitly against renewable energy sources, may hinder plans for the use of the "green" energy in the army. This is extremely unlikely, and yet Trump really expressed his dislike for the clean energy topic. He is a staunch supporter of the fossil fuel industry. His main argument is that this industry creates jobs. Well, the renewable energy industry is capable of creating jobs, too, which, undoubtedly, can give it an advantage.

Then, there is a question of national security. According to military sources, use of renewable energy sources can only strengthen the national security of the United States. This will also help cut spending of defense ministries. Thus, reducing costs and improving national security are advantages that are difficult to argue with.

By 2020, the US Army plans to receive a fifth of the energy from renewable sources. In the period from 2011 to 2015, the army has tripled the number of renewable energy projects being implemented and doubled the volume of renewable energy production. 

source: oilprice.com