Military thinktank urges US to cut oil use
An influential military thinktank is urging America to cut its oil use by 30% over the next decade, as a national security imperative.
In its report, the Military Advisory Board said the US should aim to drastically reduce its energy imports over the next decade – or else risk exposing the economy to devastating oil price shocks.
A disruption in oil supplies anywhere in the world will drive up the price of oil, it said. “We really can’t differentiate in a realistic way between oil from Venezuela or Iran or Canada,” said McGinn.
Since the board’s first report, the Pentagon has embarked on an ambitious project to reduce its own use of energy. The US navy is working to get half of its energy from nuclear and renewable fuels by 2020. The army wants to get 25% of its energy from renewables by 2025. The air force has been conducting test flights of its aircraft on a mix of conventional and biofuels, and the marine corps has been testing small solar power facilities in the combat zones of Afghanistan.