Last week, the NY Times reported on the “greening” of the military, and their focus on reducing fossil fuel use. There moving in this direction because it makes sense–it increases their operation security.
And as a country, we ought to be looking at it in much the same way. This isn’t about tree-hugging (although I’m certainly now above hugging the occasional tree). It’s also about economic vitality and national security. If we throw our money overseas, it doesn’t stay here in our own communities. If we rely on the rest of the world for our energy needs, we become beholden to them. If we pump pollution into the atmosphere, we pay for it with increases health costs, damaged crops and forests, and barren lakes.
We should practice the common sense policy of efficiency first. Because it’s smart economics, it increases our security, and it good stewarship of of resources–for its own sake and for ours.