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The U.S. Navy’s Going Green. Why That’s a Good Thing – TIME

September 29, 2011

Blue Water, Green Fleet: The Navy Gets Eco-Friendly

By Bryan Walsh Tuesday, July 19, 2011

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In 1907, then President Theodore Roosevelt dispatched a U.S. Navy fleet of 16 battleships for a 16-month trip around the world. Though the hulls of the ships were painted white, the Navy’s peacetime color scheme — which led observers to nickname the vessels the Great White Fleet — the voyage wasn’t a holiday cruise. In the wake of the Spanish-American and Russo-Japanese wars, Roosevelt wanted the world to know that the U.S. was emerging as a major military power, one capable of projecting naval strength to every stretch of the oceans. Naval power would help define the geopolitics in the 20th century, and with the Great White Fleet, the U.S. raised the table stakes for every other nation.

It’s the 21st century now, and the defining geopolitical issue today may well be energy and everything that surrounds it, from climate change to imported oil. While American politicians seem unable to craft a meaningful energy policy — witness the breathtakingly stupid decision last week by House Republicans and a few Democrats to vote against energy-efficiency standards for lightbulbs �

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