Though Congress may have failed to pass an energy bill to reduce the nation's dependence on fossil fuels, the military isn't wasting time developing renewable energy technologies. A Marine company in Helmand Province in southern Afghanistan has become the first to take renewable technology into a battle zone, arriving last week with solar powered tents and chargers.
The military's decision was less about environmental concerns than practicality. In recent weeks, already treacherous supply routes over the Khyber Pass from Pakistan to Afghanistan have become even more fraught with danger, culminating in the attack of several NATO oil tankers on Monday. Military leaders are hoping the push toward alternative energies will save lives in the long run.
Elizabeth Rosenthal, environmental reporter for our partner, The New York Times, reported on the story in today's paper. We talk to her about the specifics of the military's plan, and if what they're doing may have any long term impacts for consumers.