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Marines: Energy Efficiency Saves Lives

16 November 2010

Attendees at the 2010 Behavior, Energy and Climate Change conference were really treated today to a keynote presentation by Marine Col. Robert Charette, Jr. about the efforts of the Marines to increase their energy efficiency.  For the Marines, reducing energy use has nothing to do with climate change and everything to do with savings lives.  This summer 1 in 50 Marines was wounded in action while transporting fuel and water, and with the increase in technology use on the battlefield – not to mention the weather in desert battlefields – each Marine requires 8 gallons of fuel per day.  Col. Charette talked about the corp’s goal to reduce that need by half by 2025 through a mixture of renewables, efficiency and changing ethos, thus reducing fuel and water convos and saving Marine lives.   It was funny, inspiring, educational – and the conference gave Col. Charette a standing ovation for his service to our country.

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