US Bootprints On The Ground...Out Of The Heart Of Climate Darkness

army boot print headed toward sudan camel soldier photo

Camel soldiering, a very old British military tactic in the Middle East, is not a a real option for modern armies.. Apologies in advance, though, to Joseph Conrad and T. E. Lawrence for the metaphor.

The [Army's] goal is to bring Army emissions of climate-warming carbon dioxide down by 30 percent by 2015, said Tad Davis, deputy assistant secretary for environment, safety and occupational health.
As reported by Reuters, a majority of Middle Eastern, forward-base energy consumption is from air conditioning of tents. Air conditioned tents. And they are looking into spraying insulating foam on the tents, prompting the questions: would the Iraq war still be on without Air Conditioned Tents; and how long will the foam last?And, in a cite that will stir passion in the heart of architects and regional planners:
The Army has pushed for environmental sustainability at all of its bases, starting with the giant Fort Bragg in North Carolina in 2001, Davis said.

In practice, that meant changing the way training ranges were set up. Fort Bragg has long been the site of mock towns and villages used for combat training...Each village used to cost up to $400,000 to build. Now they are made of recycled truck-sized shipping containers at a cost of about $25,000, Davis said, and the shipping containers stay out of the solid waste stream.

Via: Reuters, U.S. Army works to cut its carbon "bootprint" Image credit: Wikipedia, Camel Cavalry
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