Speaking on the “global threat” of climate change, Secretary Kerry boasts that “our military was the first to deploy solar panels to the field in Afghanistan” to reduce the reliance on fuel.
SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY: “The United States is the world’s greatest innovator. We are proud of that. And, in Paris we intend to send a clear message to the rest of the world that we are committed to solving this problem. And, thanks to America’s private sector ingenuity, we are seeing enormous breakthroughs in battery storage, new frontiers of renewable energy. In the military we’re seeing important developments in the way renewable technologies are being used. For example, our military was the first to deploy solar panels to the field in Afghanistan in order to reduce the reliance on fuel convoys. This is a military town, and when I was in the Navy we used to have a saying, and I’m certain it’s still used today, ‘ship, shipmate, self’. Putting the greater good above one’s personal interests is second nature for most of our military men and women and that sentiment has to guide our effort to overcome this global threat.”
Climate Change and National Security Remarks at Old Dominion University
November 10, 2015.