Each one of these $40,000 Chevy Volts represents the choice not to provide an entire infantry platoon with all new rifles or 50,000 rounds of ammunition
Obama's Jihad against the military is set to purge tens of thousands of men and women from the armed services, to slash its defense programs so badly that the United States will have little ability to fight any significant war. But while twenty thousand Marines are being put on the street and the Navy is being turned into a Coast Guard, the "Green Energy" programs keep being pipelined through the military under the guise of Global Warming being a national security threat.
According to a new report on financial waste in the Department of Defense, the Pentagon initiated more renewable energy projects in 2010 – the year measured – than any other federal agency, including the Energy Department and the Environmental Protection Agency.
But the military is many things now. A means of winning Muslim hearts and minds. A way to promote gay marriage and green energy. It just isn't there to defend America.
Senator Coburn's report notes that there is 6 billion dollars being spent on "Research projects that have little or nothing to do with national defense or medical needs related to military service." That includes 700 million in green energy projects.
The Army plans to cut 80,000 troops from its active duty forces while also planning to spend over $7 billion on renewable energy projects over the next decade
DOD plans to spend $1.4 billion in 2013 to improve energy use in military operations, ten percent of which is related to alternatives and renewable energy.The Pentagon has 168 “road-capable” electric vehicles and is planning to add about 1,500 more. While electric vehicles cost less to maintain, the purchase price is greater than conventional vehicles. The Chevy Volt, for example, which has a “steep $39,995 base price”but “costs as much as $89,000 to produce” is one of the electric cars being purchased by the Department of DefenseEach one of these $40,000 Chevy Volts represents the choice not to provide an entire infantry platoon with all new rifles or 50,000 rounds of ammunition
One of the green energy programs will spend $170 million for the Navy to pioneer the development of algae as a fuel for its surface ships and fighter jets. As a result the Navy is now paying over $15 per gallon – four times the cost of regular fuel – in order to conduct its required training.The Navy recently celebrated paying more for its fuel by showing off a“green fleet” of ships in Hawaii running on a blend of biofuel. The celebration included t-shirts for sale that said “Keeping the Earth Green, One Bag of Biofuel at a Time.”
A recent MIT study concluded that even if the Navy produced biofuels at or near maximum potential, prices would still cost twice as much as regular fuels
A three-day Army Net Zero Energy Installations Conference was held in Chicago earlier this year. The event was “really all about networking and learning from each other,” said Katherine Hammack, the assistant secretary of the Army for installations, environment and energy.The U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Centerhosted “the inaugural Renewable Energy Rodeo and Symposium” in June 2010.In June, the Air Force hosted the Renewable Energy Industry Symposium at the Lowes Ventura Canyon Resort in Tucson, Arizona.It is unknown how much traditional fossil fuel was used in getting to these resorts and conferences to talk about renewable energy, or how much was spent having civilian staff network instead of on training for our military soldiers
And there's more in the Department of Everything section that highlights how the military is being turned into a vehicle for the left's programs.
Even though “improving global health is not one of its core objectives,” the Pentagon will spend at least $580 million this year on global health activities, more than either the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the National Institutes of Health
The Navy recently funded research examining what the behavior of fish can teach us about democracy while also developing an app to alert iPhone users when the best time is to take a coffee break.
The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) has provided fresh fruits and vegetables to local schools in coordination with the Department of Agriculture through a program called DOD-FreshThe administration has requested over a quarter of a billion dollars next year for economic development to be administered by the militaryThe Pentagon recently joined the cooking show craze by partnering with the Department of Agriculture to produce a reality cooking show called Grill It Safe featuring two Grill Sergeants showing off their own “delicious recipes suitable for cooking outdoors”in a 46-minute video