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The military case for energy independence

Kaid Benfield

Posted July 6, 2012

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  Soldier plugs in an energy-efficient vehicle (courtesy of WFTS-TV, ABC Action News)

A Tampa TV station has produced a feature highlighting environmental work in the US military – along with important strategic reasons for pursuing renewable energy, installing efficiency measures, and fighting global warming.  Reporter Brendan McLaughlin puts it this way in the segment’s opening:

“When you think of environmental activists, the Sierra Club and Greenpeace may come to mind. But some argue the US Military is doing more to lead us toward energy independence than any other institution in America. A new breed of so-called ‘greenhawks’ may be leading the way toward energy independence.”

The story and video were produced two years ago, but came to my attention this week when a friend posted it on Facebook.  Enjoy and learn:


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Kaid Benfield writes about community, development, and the environment on Switchboard and in other national media.  For more posts, see his blog's home page.  Please also visit NRDC’s Sustainable Communities Video Channels.

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