Author Archive | Sohbet Karbuz

DOD Top Energy Issues 2013

Reliable, affordable and uninterrupted supply of energy to run the American war machine is crucial for ensuring mission capabilities and effectiveness of the US military. Therefore, incorporating energy security considerations at the strategic, tactical, and operational levels is imperative. In Its Top Issues 2012, the National Defense Industrial Association places “Promote Energy Security While Reducing […]

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Toward Government-Renewable Energy Industry Complex

In 1961, President Eisenhower warned of an expanding “military-industrial complex”. Now the danger is government-renewable energy industry complex. Consumers and Taxpayers must be warned! The problem is not only specific to the US military. It is a US wide problem which started with biofuels. The commercialization of first-generation biofuels relied heavily upon government programs such […]

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Obama and Keystone

In his January 2012 State of the Union Address President Obama called for (again) investments in clean energy. He announced that the DoD, the world’s largest consumer of energy, “will make one of the largest commitments to clean energy in history -– with the Navy purchasing enough capacity to power a quarter of a million […]

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Worries about DOD’s Green Biofuels

On 1 September 2009, DLA Energy , which oversees procurement of biofuel for the Navy, awarded to San Francisco-based company Solazyme a contract worth $223,500 for delivering 1,500 gallons of algae derived jet fuel (Hydrotreated Renewable HRJ-5) for testing and certification by the US Navy. This makes $149 per gallon. The DLA Energy, in early […]

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CNA Report on Reducing US Oil Dependence

CNA issued a report in October 2011 (released in November 2011) entitled Ensuring America’s Freedom of Movement: A National Security Imperative to Reduce U.S. Oil Dependence which is signed by 13 retired three and four-star generals and admirals in it.

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IMF and Oil Prices

International Monetary Fund released its most recent World Economic Outlook in September 2011. The economic growth forecasts in this outlook, like any other of its past outlooks, are used by all prominent institutions as a crucial input for making oil demand forecasts. For instance, in early October, the IMF’s downward revision of GDP forecasts was […]

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DoD Energy Use in 2010

DoD spent $15.2 billion on energy in (Fiscal Year) 2010. Seventy four percent of this (or $11.2 billion) can be attributed to operations while the remaining 24% (or $3.7 billion) to the Department’s permanent installations and 2% (or $0.3 billion) to non-tactical vehicles. When we look at the total energy consumption we have a similar […]

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Does Secretay Mabus Do the Right Thing

with Wrong Reasons? The Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus has recently become very repetitive in his speeches regarding the Navy’s energy efforts and underlying reasons. Take for example two of his recent remarks at National Clean Energy Summit on 30 August 2011 and at Washington Energy Summit on 28 September 2011. He emphasizes each […]

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From Barracks to the Battlefield

As one of the largest energy consumers in the world, the US military has the ability to help shape America’s energy future. This is the argument put forward in the new Pew Charitable Trusts report “From Barracks to the Battlefield: Clean Energy Innovation and America’s Armed Forces” released on 21 September 2011.

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The DOD Energy Consumption in FY2010

Finally, Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Installations and Environment) finally released the DOD’s Annual Energy Management Report for Fiscal Year 2010. The report focuses on energy used by military installations and non-tactical vehicles. In other words, on “facilities energy.” It does not address operational energy. This is the first shock you will […]

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