June 12 -- Members of Congress are currently divided over the question of whether the Pentagon budget should be increased or adhere to the current spending caps enforced by the 2011 Budget Control Act. However, there is a common-sense way to reduce Pentagon costs and conserve resources over the long-term that all members of Congress should unite behind. For FY 2016, Congress should fund and encourage military efforts to increase energy efficiency and the use of clean energy sources because doing so will save lives, conserve resources, and reduce conflict worldwide.
The military’s current reliance on fossil fuels is unsustainable and costly. The Department of Defense (DOD) alone uses more than 80 percent of all fuel consumed by the federal government, and accounts for 1.3 percent of total U.S. petroleum consumption, the highest of any single institution. This dependence on fossil fuels can quickly turn deadly: airdrops to some remote bases in Afghanistan require seven gallons of fuel to deliver just one gallon, with each priced at up to a staggering $400. >>View Article