Renewables for the military? Part 2: Military/Aviation outlook

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Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has pointed out that in the 21st century, “The reality is that there are environmental threats [climate change, sea level rise, dangerous weather conditions, etc.] which constitute threats to our national security.” Fifteen senior military leaders fear climate change “Military planning should view climate change as a threat to the balance of energy access, water supplies, and a healthy environment, and it should require a response,” says Gen. Paul Kern, Commander of the United States Army Materiel Command under President George W. Bush. Fourteen other military leaders, including Robert Gates, former Secretary of Defense, and Thomas Fingar, former chairman of…

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