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Inside the Military's Clean-Energy Revolution - #GlobalWarming #GlobalCooling #OhmsLaw @USNavy







FEB 27 2013, 11:36 AM ET 
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (Dec. 9, 2011) Landing Craft Air Cushion
(LCAC) 91 is underway during a Navy alternative
 fuel demonstration. The craft ran on a 50/50 mix of alternative
fuel and F-76 diesel and is the Navy's fastest craft to date that has
run on alternative fuel. (U.S. Navy photo by Jonathan Gibson/Released)
Damn the deniers, the doubters, and the do-nothing Congress. The Pentagon is moving full green ahead.


I'm strapped into my backward-facing seat on a COD, or "carrier onboard delivery" plane, the US Navy workhorse that ferries people, supplies, and mail to and from its aircraft carriers at sea. I cinch the four-point harness holding me in place. Then I cinch it some more. When it's as tight as it can go, an aircrewman walks by and yanks it so hard it squeezes the breath out of me. The hatch closes. Steam rises from the floor. Shit. I've watched the YouTube videos. I know what's coming. Takeoff, a 30-minute flight, then landing on the USS Nimitz, decks pitching, plane wings waggling, tailhook dangling from the underside of the aircraft to catch one of four arresting cables stretched across the flight deck. Since it's not hard to miss them all, the pilot will gun the engines at landing to enable an immediate relaunch. Which means that if he succeeds at trapping a cable we'll decelerate from 180 nautical miles per hour to zero in about one second.

To get to the Nimitz, 100 miles off Honolulu, our turboprop is flying a 50-50 blend of biofuel and standard JP-5 shipboard aviation fuel. The biofuel is made from algae plus waste cooking oil. This makes us part of history, my aircrewman says, players in what the Navy calls the Great Green Fleet demonstration of July 2012. It's paired with a three-year, $510 million energy reform effort in conjunction with the departments of Agriculture and Energy as part of a larger push to change the way the US military sails, flies, marches, and thinks. "As a nation and as a Navy and Marine Corps,.... http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/02/inside-the-militarys-clean-energy-revolution/273564/