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  •  The commander-in-chief (12+ / 0-)

    has been fast-tracking neglected research for some time. (First I remember is solar backpacks in Afghanistan a coupla years ago at least.) Standardization that will result will drive down prices to consumers, if the past is any indication.

    (No, of course the corporate media doesn't report it, but here's a round-up that's a bid dated.)

    The Department of Defense is already heavily invested in alternative energy across the spectrum and it will be difficult to unwind these projects. As of fiscal year 2011, for example, the Air Force alone had 194 separate alternative energy projects operating or under construction at dozens of sites.

    The Air Force is not only the Defense Department’s top purchaser of alternative energy, it also ranks #2 among federal agencies and #15 among all 1300 or so members  of the U.S. EPA’s Green Power Partnership, which includes entire cities and major corporations. ....

    As for the “Support our Troops” factor, the financial and human cost of shipping petroleum fuels to remote bases is an open secret, and the Marines and Army are both beginning to position portable energy harvesting technology and mobile smart microgrids as the new standard for military energy supply in war zones.

    http://idealab.talkingpointsmemo.com/...

    "Let each unique song be sung and the spell of differentiation be broken" - Winter Rabbit

    by cotterperson on Wed Feb 20, 2013 at 07:02:25 PM PST

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