Energy Security: Green Tech Chatter

With the recent death of Osama bin Laden at the hands of American forces inside Pakistan, many new questions open up about U.S. policies on different issues. One question in particular is how this event will affect energy security within the country.

For example, an interesting piece buzzing around the news of late is this National Journal’s article, which addresses talk of how al-Qaeda’s retaliation for bin Laden’s death might strike a spike in oil prices.

U.S. Army, net-zero energy use

image via U.S. Army

Although access to cheap systems of energy have long fueled the engines of economies around the world, within the United States our dependency on foreign oil has put our country in an extremely vulnerable position, which has created an immediate need for new and renewable solutions to how our country attains its power.

According to Christine Parthemore, an energy-security fellow at the Center for A New American Security, even though oil prices have dropped slightly since bin Laden’s death, the presumption that this means lower gas prices in the future is premature.

But as the importance of renewable energy is beginning to shine through with the crisis of energy security, this week in Green Tech Chatter we look at the buzz involving our troops and their use of green technology to both shrink their carbon footprint and use more abundant sources of cleaner power.

While the U.S. Army consumes more energy than used by two-thirds of all nations throughout the world, the limited supply and high costs of fossil fuels has created the need for cheaper and more abundant energy sources to power military equipment for our troops over seas.

Below we have collected a few links discussing the use of green technologies by the military, and what is being done in order to create energy security in the future. Innovation of clean technology sometimes begins with military use first.

ESAI Energy: Death of Osama bin Laden

Greentech Media: See how the Advanced Research Projects Agency is working towards clean energy solutions

International Energy Agency: defines Energy Security

Greenbang:“Ending military’s oil addiction could ‘save lives’”

Chemical and Engineering News: Energy, Defense Departments aim to develop fossil-fuel alternatives

Energy-Blog.US : Retired Major Praises Renewable Energy

National Defense Magazine: Army, Marines Face Uphill Battle To Lighten Troops’ Battery Load

Executive Biz: Wyle works with U.S. Navy on power conservation project

U.S. Department of Defense: “Green Initiatives Support Energy-Savings Concept”

U.S. Army: Portable Solar panels for troops