On your drive to base today you stopped at the gas station and noticed the price of regular unleaded had increased by 2 cents a gallon. You sighed, realizing it would cost an extra 40 cents to fill up. Meanwhile, in the time it took to fill your 20-gallon tank, the Navy consumed 33,000 gallons of fuel. In the same ten minutes, the Department of Defense (DOD) consumed more than 100,000 gallons, and the United States came 5.7 million gallons closer to depleting a finite resource that plays dual roles as both cause and effect for the modern Navy, the U.S. military, and the world as a whole.
Oil is the lifeblood of economies, industries, governments-and militaries. Without it, cars collect dust in garages, planes sit in hangars, and ships rust in port. Unfortunately, world and U.S. oil reserves will not last forever and may even be in jeopardy in our lifetime; the U.S. Navy needs to transition to alternative forms of energy sooner rather than later.