The list of benefits from the U.S. military's green energy initiative begins, simply, with this: It'll save lives.
By using existing fuel sources more efficiently and developing alternative sources that would require fewer convoys, America's troops will face fewer risks from enemy fire and roadside explosives.
The Navy's quest is a wise one. As former Secretary of the Navy and former Sen. John Warner, a longtime champion of green programs for the military, put it, "There's a clear nexus between our national security and our energy security."
And the nexus, again, is at the top of that list: It'll save lives.
Read the full editorial, The Navy's Case for Green Energy, on the Virginian-Pilot website.