by Jacob Shafer
Oahu’s Fort Shafter is home to an experimental Humvee that runs off a 20 percent biodiesel blend, according to a recent Honolulu Star-Advertiser dispatch. The piece is mostly regurgitated military talking points, but there’s a startling statistic near the end:
“Every day, the Navy said, it consumes about 80,000 barrels of oil afloat and 20,000 megawatts hours of electricity ashore–rates that represent ‘strategic and operational vulnerabilities.'”
To put that in perspective, according to the CIA World Factbook there are 130 countries that use less than 80,000 barrels of oil per day–the amount that, again, is being consumed by one portion of one branch of our armed forces.
Meaning it’s probably going to take more than a few veggie-powered armored vehicles to solve this problem.