Don’t let the politicians bashing solar energy and the EPA fool you, the shift away from fossil fuels is still happening and for very good reasons. Even the Blue Angels, an entertaining squadron of military jetfighters, is going green by changing their usual jet fuel – which is all petroleum-based – to a mix using biofuel from plants for their Labor Day Expo. The biofuel-half of their fuel is made from processed vegetable matter. Who ever dreamed the Blue Angels would be half powered by plants? In the video below you can see the Blue Angels performing a test flight on the biofuel blend.
“The main reason we’re moving toward alternative fuels in the Navy and the Marine Corps is to make us better war fighters,” said Navy Secretary Ray Mabus. (Source: WashingtonPost) The Pentagon is the nation’s largest energy consumer with eighty percent of the military’s energy provided by oil. Using renewable energy like biofuels, and solar can reduce their enormous energy costs, and will continue to do so as alternative energy becomes more cost competitive. From 2006 to 2009 the Pentagon increased their spending on renewable energy by 300 percent. Moving away from petroleum means the military could save tens of millions of dollars each year. Every time the cost a gallon of gasoline rises one dollar, they wind up paying an extra $30 million a year.
The military has aggressive clean energy goals. By 2015 they want to cut their fossil fuel use in non-combat vehicles by fifty percent. Mabus has spent the month of August doing at least three media events about the shift in energy sourcing for the military. Now if anyone tells you clean energy is for pansies and treehuggers, tell them to go talk to the Navy and Marines.
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