Because, you know, giving a damn about climate is bad. Scott Brown joined the GOP and two coal-state Dems (Manchin and useless Jim Webb of VA) to block the Pentagon from even trying to get off of oil. Juliette Khayyem notes how stupid this is:
The Pentagon’s recent move toward energy efficiency is simply sound military planning. Steps include more reliance on biofuels so that a competitive market can be established and geographically dispersed plants can be built; portable solar batteries to reduce the weight on a Marine’s back; and green fleets for our dirty oceans. The Seals are even clamoring for more equipment that is light and clean — leaving no footprint.
The motivation for the Senate committee vote may be monetary savings, but the numbers, though substantial, show that clean energy is hardly the only big-ticket item on the Pentagon ledger. The entire green initiative requires a $170 million annual investment, a fraction of the average cost of a Navy ship.
… What the committee vote ignores is the extent to which the military has played a crucial role as an early adopter of breakthrough technology. And as a big customer, its efficiency efforts would create the kind of market needed to make “going green” bring in the green. If only it could.
And ponder this: Who pays for the external costs of foreign oil more than the military itself? Who goes and tries to secure our “vital interests” in oil-rich places, at massive expense in blood and treasure? Who bears the brunt of our dependency first and foremost?
But you know, energy efficiency goes against the anti-environment old-time religion of the current GOP. You’d think a Massachusetts Senator would do better.
Do I need to say it? This cat ain’t no moderate. This is knee-jerk stuff.