Energy efficiency in a war zone August 20, 2009 : 2:32 PM

According to The Guardian, the Marine Corps has ordered an energy audit to keep fuel costs down in Afghanistan. A single gallon of fuel in the war zone can cost as much as $100.

The study was “motivated by the high costs -- as well as the risks to troops of getting oil and water to combat zones. For land-locked Afghanistan, the nearest port at Karachi in Pakistan is more than 400 miles away from marine bases, and maintaining those long supply lines has become an increasingly dangerous proposition.”

Military bases inside the U.S. are already working to lower their use of fossil fuels by exploring the use of renewable energy sources to provide electricity. In fact, last week in Nevada at the National Clean Energy Summit 2.0, the head of the Nevada AFL-CIO spoke about the 72,000-panel, 14-megawatt solar plant, which helps to power the Nellis Air Force Base.