Opinion: Military Going Green to Save Lives, Money

Publication: CNN

Author: Phyllis Cuttino

09/22/2011 - Phyllis Cuttino directs clean energy and national security programs for the Pew Environment Group and led development of the recently released Pew report "From Barracks to Battlefield: Clean Energy Innovation and America's Armed Forces."

In 2010 alone, there were roughly 1,100 attacks on U.S. fuel convoys. This has cost the men and women of our armed forces dearly.

Military officials recently reported that more than 3,000 uniformed soldiers and contractors died while protecting such missions in Iraq from 2003 to 2007. But new Pentagon initiatives could dramatically reduce our battlefield fuel demand through the use of new clean energy technologies, helping save lives and stretch ever-scarce defense dollars.

The U.S. Department of Defense is one of the world's largest institutional energy consumers. Using more than 300,000 barrels of oil daily, the U.S. military consumes more petroleum products than three-quarters of the countries in the world.

Read the full editorial, Military Going Green to Save Lives, Money, on CNN's Web site. 

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