Note: Another despicable element of Obama’s Climate Action Plan, brought to you by the military industrial complex. War, and for that matter the US military, can never be sustainable. Regardless, humanity is surely trapped in a race to the bottom if we are concerned with killing each other sustainably.
No matter what fuel fighter jets use, their general purpose is to kill and destroy. Powering the military with biofuels would require an absurd amount of land, leading to increased land grabbing. If, as the article below surmises, the Navy’s use of biofuels sparks a market revolution and drastically increases demand, the world’s forests and farmland, as well as the people who depend directly on them, are sure to suffer the consequences.
Working to make war and the military ‘greener’ is a direct assault on victims of war, and the entire planet for that matter. The “Great Green Fleet” is nothing more than a pile of great green rubbish.
-The GJEP Team
By Lucy Westcott, July 5, 2013. Source: Inter Press Service
U.S. President Barack Obama with the Navy’s F/A-18 Green Hornet. Photo: Official U.S. Navy Imagery/ CC by 2.0
The United States military, an organisation that consumes 90 percent of the country’s federal oil allowance, is trying to become a greener institution.
The U.S. Navy has said that by 2016 it will run one of its 11 carrier strike groups using biofuel. In a test run of the new approach in the Pacific Ocean, a novel mixture of jet fuel, algae and cooking grease powered FA-18 Super Hornets, a type of fighter aircraft.
Within a decade, half of the Air Force and Navy’s fuel needs will be met by alternative energy sources, according to Christopher Merrill, director of the International Writer’s Program at the University of Iowa.
Merrill, who penned an essay for Orion Magazine titled ‘The Future of War‘, suggested that with climate change posing an increasing threat to U.S. national security, another name for this pioneering strike group could be the Great Green Fleet.