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March 26 -- President Barack Obama recently paid a visit to the Argonne National Laboratory where he strongly voiced concerns about the national security threat Americans face from dependence on oil as a single source of fuel. As an Army veteran now working to develop advanced-energy technologies, I was proud to be there, too, standing next to a president who listens to the advice of military and national security leaders — and offers solutions to tackle our nation’s toughest energy challenges. >>View Article

The following blog post was originally published in the 25x25 blog and was written by President of the American Council On Renewable Energy, Vice Admiral Dennis McGinn. 

The Senate should be commended for overwhelmingly voting this week to eliminate harmful restrictions on the U.S. military's efforts to expand its use of biofuels. Two overwhelmingly bipartisan votes in the upper chamber now focuses attention on the House of Representatives, where some lawmakers are continuing to insist on language in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would prohibit the military – the nation’s biggest user of oil and gasoline ‑ from expanding its use of biofuels.

Monday, 26 November 2012 16:47

Biofuels Yield Military, Economic Dividends

By James Marvin, A former Navy Seal and currently a clean-energy consultant at Environmental Entrepreneurs.

Every day around the world, technologies that are developed by the military help our troops carry out missions that keep America safe.  But beyond strengthening our national security and giving Americans peace of mind, military investments in technology yield another dividend — economic growth. And a new report from Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) shows just how big that growth can be.  >>View blog post at www.stripes.com 

Thursday, 08 August 2013 16:12

Green Water

August 8 -- With domestic oil production up, imports declining, and new oil and gas reserves being discovered, some question whether energy remains, or ever was, a security challenge and military vulnerability for the United States. The rise in oil prices back over $100 per barrel in the wake of Egypt's political turmoil provides a sobering answer. >>View Article

September 9 -- Move over Tesla Motors TSLA, the U.S. military is rewriting the rules of electricity-induced locomotion. Rather than storing electricity supplied by the electric grid, the next-generation of electric vehicles may be designed to supply self-generated electricity to the electric grid. >>View Article

June 24 -- For the price of a single F-22 fighter jet, Congress could do more to strengthen national security and our economy than an entire combat squadron. When invested in military-led biofuel development, that cost could secure a safe, renewable domestic fuel supply and spur job growth in communities across the country. >>VIew Article

May 22 -- The Solar Energy Industries Association released a report Friday detailing the military’s recent commitment to power 25 percent of its electricity intake with renewable energy by 2025. So far more than 130 megawatts of solar voltaic systems have been installed in military bases spanning 31 states and D.C. The panels provide enough electricity to power 22,000 U.S. homes. >>View Article

April 9 -- The U.S. military has begun a transition to efficient and renewable energy. The Army is proceeding with its “Net Zero Energy” initiative, aiming to produce as much energy and water as they use. Cost and reliability are the primary reasons, but cutting carbon pollution is one of the outcomes. >>View Article

March 22 -- The Air Force plans to spend $20 million on a new fleet of electric vehicles that can recuperate their costs by plugging back into the grid. >>View Article

February 8 -- Sharon E. Burke, the assistant secretary of defense for Operational Energy Plans and Programs, told industry partners and congressional leaders at the American Council on Renewable Energy's National Renewable Energy Policy Forum that the motivation for seeking out clean energy sources is strongly rooted in national security interests. >>View Article

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