Solar Energy for DOD Installations Diverts Funds from Defense Priorities
President Barack Obama’s prioritization of climate change continues to impose unnecessary costs on the U.S. military. Department of Defense (DOD) energy mandates arising from the Administration’s climate change agenda have established a goal of producing or procuring “not less than 25 percent of the total quantity of facility energy [DOD] consumes…from renewable energy sources” by 2025.
Despite current military modernization and readiness shortfalls, the President’s fiscal year (FY) 2017 budget continues to support funding for many heavily subsidized, expensive, and intermittent renewable energy technologies, including significant investments for solar power projects that contribute to renewable energy mandates at the expense of critical defense priorities and taxpayers. As Congress considers funding for the military for the coming fiscal year, it should repeal this costly energy mandate and focus energy funding on sources that provide the greatest benefit to the DOD.