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What fossil fuel costs the U.S. military

What fossil fuel costs the U.S. military

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The U.S. military uses 16X more energy in modern warfare than it did in World War II. Examine why the military is going green with renewable power.

The U.S. armed forces have made the adoption of renewable energy technologies a strategic priority. Deputy Defense Secretary William Lynn said last April that reducing the military’s dependence on fossil fuel sources is correlated with its ability to project power overseas. President Barack Obama even touted the Navy's use of solar power during his State of the Union address on Tuesday. But the Pentagon's interest in renewables isn't political, it's strategic. Learn about the impact of fuel requirement in the infographic below.

(Image credit: Advanced Energy Economy)

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David Worthington

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David Worthington has written for BetaNews, eWeek, PC World, Technologizer and ZDNet. Formerly, he was a senior editor at SD Times. He holds a business degree from Temple University. He is based in New York. Follow him on Twitter. Disclosure