The US Defense Department consumes more energy than any other department or sector in the country, spending around $20 billion annually by some estimates; but ambitious plans to make it the nation’s green leader have been swept under the rug over budgetary concerns that smack of campaign politics. It is an inauspicious development for US energy independence, and indeed a contradictory one. The Defense Department is reeling under higher fuel costs already, which have left it short some $3 billion. A stronger focus on alternative fuels will cost more in the immediate and near-term, but in the longer-term, it is a smarter strategy. Last week, the Senate Armed Services Committee in a vote dampened the military’s green ambitions, refusing to allow a major shift to alternative fuels if they end up costing more than fossil fuels. They have also nixed the idea of the Pentagon building its own biofuels refinery or other biofuels facilities.
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You’ve changed all your light bulbs to energy-saving compact fluorescents or light emitting diodes (LED). You’ve cut your shower time down by a minute and installed a low-flow shower-head. Of course you recycle and compost and never leave your cell phone charger plugged into the wall. Now, take the leap from eco-chores to eco-chic with these tips from top interior designers and The Early Show’s green living expert, Danny Seo. RETHINK YOUR WALLS Painting a wall has long been a designer’s trick for adding more oomph—without more clutter—to a room. Rachel Winokur, the founder of eTTa Designs, an eco-friendly interior design firm in Los Angeles, suggests putting down the paint brush and considering these green options instead.