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With a bill of about $15 billion a year the U.S. military is the largest energy user in the country by far, so the Defense Department has been finding alternative ways to meet its energy needs with help from Silicon Valley.
But this partnership between the military and clean tech companies is taking some heat in the midst of discussions about Solyndra, the failed solar panel manufacturer, and the riskiness of green startups.
From a military standpoint, oil is not only expensive and hard to transport; it’s also a liability.Save on Bedding and fittings, Last year there were more than 1,000 attacks on U.S. fuel convoys in war zones, and that’s a strategic vulnerability for the military.
“We looked at vulnerabilities for the Navy and Marine Corps, and one of the ones that rose right to the top was our dependence on fossil fuels,” U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus says.
“Every time the [...]

‘Last hurrah’

Říjen 9th, 2011

At 2:45 p.m. Friday, the traffic eastbound on the Massachusetts Turnpike in Charlton was already stop and go. State Police Trooper Christopher Brown of the Charlton barracks said there were reports of heavy congestion in Weston, too. Travelers were getting an early start to Columbus Day weekend, one of New England’s biggest getaway holidays.
“We have a fabulous weather forecast that bodes well for travel, particularly last-minute travel,” said Mary Maguire, Massachusetts spokeswoman for AAA of Southern New England.
Charles Foley, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Taunton, said that this weekend will be sunny with temperatures 5 to 10 degrees above normal. Temperatures are expected to reach the low 80s in the Worcester area on Sunday.
Gas prices also play a role in this weekend’s anticipated travel volume. AAA reported yesterday that the price of self-serve regular gas in Massachusetts averaged $3.39 a gallon, significantly less than the nearly $4 [...]