Marines going green to save lives

Tuesday - 3/22/2011, 9:40am EDT

The Marine Corps says it is going green to save lives, not just to save the planet. The service says it plans to equip thousands of Marines in Afghanistan with solar-powered equipment over the next year, decreasing the need for troops to make risky runs for fuel through enemy territory. The Marines unveiled its renewable energy strategy to troops yesterday. The change come after a three-month study last year found one Marine is wounded for every 50 trips made for fuel or water in Afghanistan. The strategy also addresses the ongoing problem of U.S. reliance on private security companies in Afghanistan that are used to protect the convoys.

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