Paul Gipe in REW: “Now, after a decade, that bill has come due. How much renewable energy could we have built with the money we spent? How far along the road toward the renewable energy transition could we have traveled? The answer: shockingly far.” Read more
Guardian: “Cyclical climatic changes double the risk of civil wars, with analysis showing that 50 of 250 conflicts between 1950 and 2004 were triggered by the El Niño cycle, according to scientists.” Read more
Business Green: “The US Defense and Interior departments have signed a deal to boost the use of renewable energy on military land, to help strengthen energy security and reduce the military’s $4bn annual utility bill. ….The partnership will build on existing plans by the DoD to increase its use of onsite renewables to improve energy security and to reduce its $4bn annual utility bill. Each of the military services has committed to deploying 1GW of renewable energy on or near its installations by 2025.”
The plan describes the need for more fuel efficient weaponry and use of alterative energy, including portable solar. The WSJ reports that soaring costs in Iraq and Afghanistan, and reliance on vulnerable fuel convoys, have had much to do with this. Energy and Capital reports that 3,000 soldiers have lost their lives in fuel supply convoy attacks since 2003 and 80% of all supply trucks in Afghanistan and Iraq are carrying fuel.
A Joint Operating Environment report from the US Joint Forces Command says: “By 2012, surplus oil production capacity could entirely disappear, and as early as 2015, the shortfall in output could reach nearly 10 million barrels per day.”
AP: “Climate change will increase competition for scarce resources and plunge many into desperate poverty, fanning conflict and terrorism across the world, Britain’s army chief said in comments released by the Defense Ministry on Tuesday.” Read more