The Real Reason the Military is Going Green

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The military is going green. The motivation to do so is an enlightening one, and one that has much to do with global instability and the lives of service men and women.

Retired Brig. Gen. Steven Anderson calls himself  “an accidental environmentalist.”

His epiphany about climate change started with a tactical problem. In 2006 and 2007, when he served as the military’s chief logistician in Iraq, he coordinated the transport of millions of gallons of fuel across the country to power everything from vehicles to the large compressors used to cool individual tents—or, as Anderson puts it, for “air conditioning the desert.” He was taking one casualty for every 24 fuel convoys, and he was doing 18 convoys a day.

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Original article posted in YES! Magazine on June 4, 2012 and written by Natalie Pompilio. 

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