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In a recent press release, Dana C. Richardson of Blackwater Worldwide touted the security contractor’s ‘green’ initiatives.  Among them is the “largest wind turbine connected to the power grid in the state of North Carolina”:

The wind turbine is made by Entegrity Wind Systems of Prince Edward Island, Canada and Boulder, Colorado and took 12 days to install after site work was completed.  The estimated power production is 80,000 to 100,000 kilowatt hours per annum.

This push may be an effort to reform its image amidst accusations of abuses in Iraq, but it could also be part of its efforts to move away from armed security.  As part of this effort, the firm has been experimenting with alternative fuels including straight vegetable oil (SVO):

Guided by integrity, innovation, and a desire for a safer world Blackwater is striving to be a good steward of the environment.  By venturing into renewable technologies Blackwater is demonstrating a goal of promoting a responsible corporate culture of innovation along with passing these benefits onto our employees and clients.  Eventually, Blackwater would like see these efforts evolve into bio-fuel powered commuter vans, greater use of renewable energy systems at our corporate headquarters as well as at our over seas operations.

For many, the idea of “green warfare” may seem far fetched–even in this limited example. However, it is not as strange as it might seems.  A number of countries including the United States, Germany, Italy, and Spain have experimented with Tungsten as an environmentally-friendly alternative to depleted uranium ordnance.  Meanwhile, the U. S. Air Force has been testing its own alternative fuel blend for use in it fighter jets according to Noah Shachtman of Danger Room.

Who would have guessed that the much-maligned “military-industrial complex” might be going green?

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