April 22, 2010

On Earth Day, Thinking About Energy Innovation

Earth Day is today. Sting and The Roots are gearing up for their Sunday jamfest on the National Mall with Reverend Jesse Jackson, and the spirit of energy innovation is in the air…literally. Today, one of the Navy’s “Green Hornets,” which gained national attention after serving as President Obama‘s backdrop during his speech on American energy security earlier this month, will attempt to break records and ear drums as the jet is fueled with a 50/50 blend of biofuel to power it into supersonic speeds across the Chesapeake Bay. Should the F/A-18 Super Hornet succeed in breaking the sound barrier, Secretary Maybus will be one step closer to achieving the Navy’s goal of a “Great Green Fleet;” the next generation of naval energy innovation. Meanwhile, the Air Force released a video yesterday featuring Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Environment and Logistics Terry Yonkers on the Air Force’s efforts around natural resource and energy conservation. 

On Earth Day, it is certainly promising to watch as both America’s Navy and Air Force take to the sky, operating as “green power partner[s]” in defense.