3 Ways the White House is Supporting a Solar America

May 14, 2014 by John Steller

Obama and Solar Energy Policy

Even with a 60% drop in the price of solar panels since 2011, the deployment of solar energy has needed a boost to compete with heavily subsidized fossil fuels. The government is one of the sectors that has pushed for a solar America and is poised to meet the goals set forth by the current administration.[read more]

US Military Responds To Arctic Warming

November 26, 2013 by Tina Casey

Military Arctic Warming Response

Twenty-five nations gathered recently to hear US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel give a major address outlining the impact of rapid Arctic warming on US military operations in the region. In his speech, Hagel avoided discussing the role of human activity and greenhouse gas emissions.[read more]

US Military Doubles Down on Energy Efficiency

September 20, 2013 by Kristopher Settle

Military Energy Efficiency

The United States government is proving how devoted its military is to reducing its carbon footprint, and doing so aggressively. The Obama Administration has been steadfast in its efforts to restructure the energy output of numerous military energy efficiency initiatives.[read more]

US Pacific Commander: Climate Change is the Top Threat

March 11, 2013 by A Siegel

Admiral Locklear as a strong voice on climate change issues might surprise some. That a four-star flag officer is publicly stating that climate change dominates the long-term strategic discussions in his command matters.[read more]

With Senate’s Support, Advanced Biofuel Industry Ready for Takeoff

November 30, 2012 by Nicole Lederer

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When it comes to reducing the military’s dependence on oil, senators from both sides of the aisle have the Department of Defense’s back.By striking down a pair of shortsighted amendments to the military’s annual spending bill, the Senate this week gave a green light to the DoD to pursue the biofuel initiatives senior military leaders say...[read more]

Addressing Military Rights in the Warming Arctic Region

April 18, 2012 by Tom Schueneman

Climate change and global warming deniers deny, but there’s one important group of decision makers that are taking the reality of global warming seriously: Arctic region military leaders.[read more]

Hot topic: Rethinking climate security

March 16, 2012 by Charles Arthur

Corinne Schoch asks if militarizing climate change might harm those communities most affected by the problem *** Once upon a time, climate change was  strictly an environment and development issue. Today, it has become a matter of national and international security. Efforts to link climate change with violent conflict may not be...[read more]


Defense Department Releases Roadmap to Transform Energy Use in Military Operations

March 13, 2012 by

The Defense Department recently released its widely anticipated roadmap to transform operational energy security. Energy security has become a strategic as well as an operational imperative for U.S. national security.[read more]

DOD Steps Up Innovation in Installation Energy, Recognizes Limits in Biofuels

November 24, 2011 by Matt Hourihan

  It’s worth noting a pair of recent developments on the Defense Department energy front. One is a useful reminder of what DOD can achieve now with the proper support, and a cause for optimism; the other, more pessimistic, illustrates the pressing need for accelerated innovation in the alternative fuels industry more broadly...[read more]

Global Warning

November 17, 2011 by Karen Street

People hear climate change through different concerns. Some hear threats to the environment, others to people, and others still to national security. (Of course, there is overlap.) For those in the national security category, the National Security Journalism Initiative has created Global Warning. Water shortages in Yemen Go to A...[read more]

To The Military, Renewable Energy a Matter of National Security

October 11, 2011 by Peter Lehner

When you’ve seen your soldiers die protecting a fuel convoy, you know that the need for clean energy and efficiency is real, urgent, and transcends political squabbling. This Sunday four high-ranking officials from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines spoke out in support of a clean energy future for America. They published an op-ed in...[read more]

The Greening of Defense: The Green Skeptic on WSJ's LunchBreak

October 8, 2011 by Scott Edward Anderson

I was on's LunchBreak with Wendy Bounds today talking about how the Department of Defense has become a true energy innovator and the potential benefits of an energy efficiency makeover of the Empire State building. Here is a link to the video on The Green Skeptic on LunchBreak        [read more]

Operation 'Use The Sun': The U.S. Military’s Sustainability Strategy

September 24, 2011 by Sheila Oliva

For those of you who did not know, our military spends a lot of money to support itself. One of its biggest expenses is its huge appetite for energy. Specifically, according to Colonel Dan Nolan, “The DOD is the world’s largest oil consumer,” accounting for 25% of the globe’s consumption. Due to that need for oil, Colonel Nolan says that...[read more]


Changing the Military's Energy Culture

July 21, 2011 by Geoffrey Styles

At this week's Army/Air Force Energy Forum, the military signaled a higher priority on renewable energy and energy efficiency.[read more]

The U.S. Military Targets Fossil Fuel Addiction

July 18, 2011 by Silvio Marcacci

The U.S. military uses more energy than any single organization in the world, at a cost of $15 billion a year for operations across the globe, with almost all those dollars going to fuel costs. But that dependence has a human cost. More than 3,000 U.S. soldiers or contractors have been killed or wounded in fuel convoys in Iraq and Afghanistan – 60 percent of all combat deaths in the two wars. energyNOW! correspondent Lee Patrick Sullivan explored how the Department of Defense is working to cut fossil-fuel dependency and improve energy efficiency while maintaining its tactical edge to save American lives on the battlefield.[read more]