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Project on National Security, Energy, and Climate

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Pew is working to highlight the inextricable links between energy consumption, climate change and national security, and to convey to the public how the military's steps to reduce their dependence on foreign oil can be applied to the rest of society.

The Department of Defense (DoD) accounts for nearly 80 percent of the U.S. government's total energy consumption, most of which is in the form of liquid fuels that power aircraft, ships and combat vehicles. With an annual energy budget of approximately $20 billion, the DoD incurs more than $1.3 billion in additional energy costs for every $10 increase per barrel of the world market price for oil. The department's reliance on fossil fuels also compromises combat effectiveness by restricting mobility, flexibility and endurance on the battlefield. As a way to reduce energy costs and save lives, the military has been enacting a number of initiatives aimed at increasing energy efficiency, deploying more sources of renewable energy and assuming a leadership role in clean energy technology innovation.