With this year likely to be the bloodiest yet in Afghanistan and the US war effort on shaky ground and Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is wondering what General David Petraeus is doing to save the planet in Afghanistan:
Does she have any idea how much fuel it takes to power MRAP’s, HMMWV’s, and other heavy military equipment? Does she think heavy armored vehicle’s can be powered with solar panels? Solar panels can only provide power for things like street lights and possibly some offices with backup generators on the military bases. The fuel savings would be small compared to how much fuel that vehicles use. The convoys would still be running with the same frequency from Pakistan and other areas because they bring in more than fuel to the bases in Afghanistan. Maybe the convoy would have one less fuel truck. In the grand scheme of things big deal. Solar panels are not a practical power source to for a military war effort. They are a niche source of energy that should only be implemented if it can save the military money in some instances. General Petraeus’ answer was quite diplomatic, but you would think there would be better questions than this? Than again the Congresswoman may have just been making a show of herself to the various solar panel companies that work in the Tuscon area?