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Thursday, December 04, 2008

Sohbet Karbuz, "Can the U.S. military move to renewable fuels?" Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, October 31, 2008.

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  Official oil consumption figures from the U.S. military are underreported, due to accounting flaws

In a 1906 planning document, the U.S. War Department imagined, "In 1950, the U.S. military [will be] a highly effective, mobile, and mutually supporting force, protecting all required American interests through dominant air, land, and sea operations powered by a petroleum energy standard that is reliably and economically produced from domestic sources."

That vision came true except regarding the last two words. Oil production in the United States, the largest producer in the world at the beginning of the 20th century, reached its peak in 1970. Today, the United States is the world's largest oil importer, and the U.S. military is the single largest consumer of oil in the world. (For more detail see War Without Oil: A Catalyst For True Transformation.)

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