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U.S. Military Orders Less Dependence on Fossil Fuels/More on Solar – NYTimes.com

With insurgents increasingly attacking the American fuel supply convoys that lumber across the Khyber Pass into Afghanistan, the military is pushing aggressively to develop, test and deploy renewable energy to decrease its need to transport fossil fuels.Beyond Fossil FuelsArticles in this series examine innovative attempts to reduce the world’s dependence on coal, oil and other carbon-intensive fuels, and the challenges faced.Previous Articles in the Series »MultimediaMultimedia FeatureGreening the Armed ForcesRelated Green Blog: The Military, Green Energy Champion October 5, 2010 Pakistan Militants Hit NATO Convoy October 5, 2010 Radio Interview on The Takeaway: Elisabeth Rosenthal on green energy in the military.At WarNotes from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq and other areas of conflict in the post-9/11 era. Go to the Blog »GreenA blog about energy and the environment.Go to BlogEnlarge This ImageMajor Paul Greenberg/U.S.M.C.Solar power was tested in May in Morocco. A Marine company brought some renewable energy equipment to Afghanistan.Last week, a Marine company from California arrived in the rugged outback of Helmand Province bearing novel equipment: portable solar panels that fold up into boxes; energy-conserving lights; solar tent shields that provide shade and electricity; solar chargers for computers and communications equipment.

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