Green Hornets and Hybrid Battleships: More on Greening the US Military

September 14, 2011

Tour of the US Navy’s newest Hybrid drive battleship, the USS Makin Island, a full-on 35,000 horse power hybrid electric workhorse.

4 Responses to “Green Hornets and Hybrid Battleships: More on Greening the US Military”

  1. mrsircharles Says:

    Seems like the US army is getting a clue that they’re using more fossil fuels than they can capture when they are on the prowl…

  2. David Oertel Says:

    The military is dreaming if they think that they can keep all of this industrial stuff going post peak oil. They will not have the money.

    • otter17 Says:

      From what I can tell from remarks by Secretary Mabus, at least the US Navy is aware of peak oil. He mentions a “…finite and depleting stock of fossil fuels that will most likely continue to rise in cost over the next decades” in one of his speeches. I would have to dig up a link, but I have a hard copy on my desk.

      On the other hand, there is the question of whether they are starting early enough.

  3. otter17 Says:

    I think in the video description you are referring to the USS Makin Island not Macon Island.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Makin_Island_%28LHD-8%29

    Great video, though. I think you are doing great work by getting the message out there that armed forces realize that climate change is a threat and that operational effectiveness can be enhanced by investing/employing technologies that address the problem.

    To me it seems that no amount of scientific evidence really matters to determined deniers; they need to be outnumbered by a substantial margin in order for the scientific evidence to win out. Showing to people all the scientific groups, armed forces, religious groups, government leaders, business leaders, and others that acknowledge the premise of human-caused climate change is effective.

    Between winning the conversation, outnumbering deniers, and addressing the heart of why denial occurs, I feel more positive that we can start addressing the issue.


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