DoD Buying Power Could Fuel Clean Energy Initiatives

February 29, 2012

Former President Bill Clinton said the United States could leverage the U.S. military's research and development efforts to further the adoption of clean energy technologies.

"If the Navy wants to have half of its planes fly on bio-fuels by 2020, why not help them exceed it?" Clinton said Feb. 29 during a speech at the Energy Innovation Summit of the Department of Energy Advanced Research Projects Agency — Energy. "There are lots of things here we can do with the military. I think we should do more."

The Defense Department has massive numbers of buildings, vehicles, ships and jets that can be used more efficiently using new clean energy technologies, the former president said. Such investment by the military would not only save the Pentagon money in fuel, but it would provide the economies of scale to allow for wider adoption of clean energy technologies. 

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