Gas-Guzzling Pentagon Turns to Green Energy
Fuel is costing the military in money and lives
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Apr 13, 2009 4:50 AM CDT
Last summer, the Pentagon successfully launched two biofuel prototypes in Iraq that turned the tons of trash produced daily by US troops into gas.   (AP Photo/Alaa al-Marjani)
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(Newser) – The nation's biggest gas guzzler, the Defense Department, is trying to kick its oil habit and use alternative energies—not to support the green movement or save money, but to save lives, the Washington Post reports. Half of US casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan are from IEDs deployed on fuel-carrying convoys. "We've already taken 12 trucks off a day," said one officer. "I'm confident it has saved lives."

The military is devoting $300 million of its $7.4 billion chunk of the economic stimulus package to the cause. From low-tech solutions like foam-insulated tents to high-tech solar-power mats, hybrid vehicles, and garbage-to-gas biofuel units, America's war zones are turning into leading energy laboratories. "This is a new way of thinking," said an Army official, "to take advantage of the assets we have."