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Carbon-Free Military?

Here’s some news that we would hesitate to call “good” but is certainly ironic! The military, already hip to the reality of peak oil, is ordering less dependence on fossil fuels. They better be careful, because if we succeed as a nation to wean ourselves from those bad boys, we just might not need a military anymore.

Imagine if the $700,000,000,000 we spend on the military every year went to developing renewable energy at home rather than to the Pentagon, the 32nd largest consumer of fossil fuels in the world, above entire nations like Greece or Austria. All of a sudden, no need to have troops in Iraq, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, etc etc. All those brave troops could be up on our roofs here at home, installing solar, instead of dodging IEDs! And it just might be, just maybe, that if we didn’t have our troops in 135 of the 192 countries across the globe, we wouldn’t be seen as imperialists trying to dominate the world, and it wouldn’t seem so worthwhile to send their sons to our country and try and blow us up. Crazy thoughts, we know.

This article appeared originally on The Carbon-Free Home blog.

Stephen & Rebekah Hren are the authors of, most recently, A Solar Buyer’s Guide for the Home and Office.

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