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U.S. Military Cries Peak Oil

The DoD Fires a Peak Oil Warning Shot

Written by Keith Kohl
Posted April 14, 2010

Peak Oil curve 4-14-2010

U.S. Military Cries Peak Oil

If you haven't heard the latest peak oil warning, you should definitely take a minute to catch up. A few days ago, the U.S. military cautioned that the oil production capacity could disappear within two years, with major shortages occurring in 2015.

It was the last place I thought I'd hear a peak oil alarm sound.

To be honest, I would have expected the Department of Energy to send this out, rather than our military. Then again, I'm not really surprised that the U.S. military is losing sleep over the upcoming peak oil crisis.

Think about it, dear reader.

Here's some sobering reminders that our military is shackled to its thirst for crude oil:

  • Out of the $20 billion the U.S. military spent on energy in 2008, 82.5% was to purchase crude oil. That's pretty scary considering oil prices collapsed during the second half of the year.

  • The U.S. military consumes well over 300,000 barrels of oil every day

  • The U.S. Department of Defense is (and always will be, in my humble opinion) the single largest energy consumer in the world.

  • In 2007, the average U.S. soldier used up 15 gallons of oil per day, making the American fighting men and women the most oil-consuming soldiers ever to stand on a battlefield.

If you have ever wondered how our U.S. military's energy consumption breaks down, check this out:

Military Oil consumption breakdown

When we're sliding down the backside of peak oil, the truth is that the U.S. military stands to lose more than anyone else.

Personally, I think we all have two choices - either sit on the sidelines and watch as our world transitions away from oil, or we can take the bull by the horns and take advantage of this energy crisis. I have a good feeling my readers fall into the latter category.

Stay tuned for more ways you can ride the next wave of the energy bull.

Until next time,

keith kohl

Keith Kohl

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