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Pentagon Wants Greener Fighting Force

WASHINGTON, Feb. 2 (UPI) — A military that relies more on renewable energy resources is a stronger and more resilient fighting force, officials at the U.S. Department of Defense said.

The Pentagon announced it was releasing $18 million to fund military programs designed to cut energy demand for combat forces by transitioning to less carbon intensive resources.

“A military force that uses energy more strategically is stronger, today and in the future,” Sharon Burke, assistant secretary of defense for operational energy plans and programs, said in a statement.

The Defense Department described conventional fuel as “tactical and operational vulnerability.” Fuel convoys in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Pentagon said, were a primary target for anti-Western forces.

Officials in 2010 said the U.S. Navy tested a command boat that used a 50-50 blend of algae-based fuel and conventional petroleum as part of a green-energy campaign. The Navy has plans to get 50 percent of its energy consumption from alternative sources by 2020.

“It’s essential that we continue to develop innovative energy solutions to advance our military missions and use our precious resources wisely,” U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said.

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    Is Sharon Burke chasing job security, a stint as a czar or a NPP [Nobel Peace Prize]? How many of our known enemies are taking a ‘hug Mama Earth’ approach to their military needs? Isn’t her goal just a bit off-the-chart?
    If Burke wants to chase that tidbit down the toilet, she might as well recommend that someone like Al ['duh'] Gore take over and administer the military’s chaplain services. That must be quite a huge moonbat cave where she lives. It seems like there’s no end to the bat-like wackos who find their way to Washington’s airhead habitat.
    Think of all the money the military could save if they’d find a way to perfect Milo Minderbinder’s scheme to have our military eat cotton (or synthetics).

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