The U.S. Department of Defense is the largest single energy consumer in the world and boasts the strongest military power. But it comes at a high price, with about $15 billion spent on fuel each year. Worse still, fuel convoys cost lives – over 3,000 U.S. soldiers or contractors were killed in fuel supply convoys in Iraq and Afghanistan, and Americans are continuing to be killed in the name of oil.
Unlike many corporate executives hung up on the short-term costs of investing in alternative energies, U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus is dedicated to them for the long haul. By 2020, he has committed to reducing onshore and maritime use of fossil fuels to 50 percent, and the Navy’s Great Green Fleet is fueled in part by alternative energy sources, including nuclear. Transitioning to new propulsion fuels has always met resistance and some members of Congress are trying to derail the switch to low carbon fuels.
Can alternative energies meet the military’s massive needs? Will they help the U.S. achieve energy independence and spur commercial markets? Join us for a conversation with Secretary Mabus on the future of fuels and energy security in the age of climate disruption.
Secretary Mabus recently wrote an article summarizing the U.S. Navy’s energy impacts and challenges.
Date: Wednesday, September 18
Location: The Commonwealth Club, SF Club Office, 595 Market Street, Second Floor, San Francisco
Time: 5:30pm check in; 6pm program; 7pm networking reception
Cost: Premium (seating in first few rows) $40 non-members, $30 members. General: $20 non-members, $12 members, $7 students.
Also know: The speakers and audience will be videotaped for future broadcast on the Climate One TV show on KRCB TV 22 on Comcast and DirecTV.