Army forsees natural gas crisis

This blog once discussed the possibility of the Pentagon going oil-free by 2050.

But oil apparently is among the least of the army’s energy problems.

According to this newly-minted memorandum, the army’s assistant chief of staff for installation management is more worried that the worldwide supply of natural gas will dry up within 25 years. Says the memo:

"Current Army assumption is that natural gas may cease to be a viable fuel for the army within the next 25 years based on price volatility and affordable supply availability."

If the army’s assumptions are correct, the situation may "threaten the army’s ability to house, train and deploy soldiers", says the memo.

What will replace natural gas? This is certainly not my field of expertise, but perhaps readers or other bloggers may have something to add here.

I know the US Air Force is keen about a new form of synthetic fuel derived from liquefied coal to power its jet aircraft. A demonstration is underway with the B-52, which is actually using a slightly different sythentic product derived from — oops — natural gas. The fuel is made using a process known as Fischer-Trope, which has the unfortunate distinction of being employed by only two countries — Nazi Germany and apartheid South Africa.

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One Response to Army forsees natural gas crisis

  1. John 14 March, 2007 at 5:25 pm #

    Small error: It’s “Fischer-Tropsch”, not “trope”.

    Simplification alert: The same basic chemistry can be used to make fuels from coal, or possibly in the future biomass.

    Robert Rapier — blogger and oilman — wrote a good piece a while ago about these methods. Can’t see if the HTML is working, if it isn’t google “Robert Rapier XTL”.

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