Well probably not the case, but one thing that can be much greener is the vehicles and tools that our Armies and Navies use. It makes sense to utilise green technologies for a variety of reasons.
- Obviously any action that lessens the environmental impact of our forces has got to be implemented.
- Green solutions are very often extremely cost effective.
- Investing and developing green technologies in any area can be beneficial to society and the economy as a whole.
Many scientific advancements are made through the war and the technology used to support our troops. Whatever your politics it makes sense to invest in these technologies for the greater good. Eco friendly investments can be recouped by successfully transferring any technology developed into the open market.
Last year the Navy launched it’s first eco friendly boat – a 49 foot riverine command boat which boasts speeds of up to 40 knots. The boat is different because it runs on a 50% blend of biofuel and normal diesel. The tests were a complete success and it was reported that there were no problems with performance. The US Navy uses over 80,000 barrels of oil a day so we can see the huge environmental impact of reducing that consumption in half would have.
Of course there are issues, the cost of the biofuel in monetary terms is much higher, but these costs would likely to drop perhaps to parity if such fuel was used extensively and economies of scale could be harnessed in it’s production. In times of austerity it is important that initiatives like this are not shelved to make short term gains. Investments in Eco friendly technology makes a lot of sense in both economic terms and the obvious one that we won’t have a planet left to pollute if someone doesn’t develop these technologies.