Florida A & M University Law Review


Jennifer Huang


The U.S. military, both our nation's largest consumer and securer of energy, can no longer be absolved of the high costs and environmental consequences of its reliance on conventional fuel sources and energy systems in the face of mounting evidence of unavoidable global warming and climate change. The oil-dependent U.S. national and energy security policies that have helped achieved American military and economic greatness are no longer sustainable; in fact, uncovering the hidden costs of our oil addiction reveals many insecurities. In order to progress towards true energy independence, the U.S. must overcome its congressional in-fighting, and kick-start its promising array of green technology and clean energy systems. Military-public collaborations with the private sector have the potential to advance the clean energy market at a low cost to all actors. They also promise to improve military environmental policies, thereby introducing cross-sector, multi-beneficial green-technology into the civilian marketplace and contributing to national education and outreach programs. Shedding our oil addiction will assure that a new era of green warriors, fleets, and convoys will survive, and perhaps, thrive in a future of climate change, adaptation, and mitigation.