The U.S. military has explored using alternative energy:
- The U.S. Navy tested a 49 foot gunboat that runs on algae-based fuel and diesel in October 2010.
- According to an article in The Guardian, a gallon of gas costs $400 whereas a gallon of algae-diesel mix costs $424 per gallon.
- The military switched to diesel fuel previously.
- According to an article in The Oakland Press, the U.S. Army pays $16 to $17 per gallon.
- In forward operating bases in Afghanistan, diesel costs $40 per gallon.
- “A 1 percent improvement in fuel economy of military vehicles means the number of soldiers required to serve as escorts drops by more than 6,000, or the equivalent of one infantry brigade”.
- The U.S. military uses between 400,000 barrels of oil a day during peacetime and 800,000 barrels a day during the height of the Iraq War.
- The U.S. military is the largest single buyer of oil.
- Every $10 increase in the price of oil costs the U.S. Air Force an additional $600 million each year.
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