Mater Artium Necessitas, or, more recently, Necessity is the Mother of Invention, well you’d have thought . . . but, can you believe, pollution, global warming, and the threat of rising seas that will flood our subways and drown our cattle are not of sufficient necessity to change the way we use energy? Well yes, you can believe it because you know from my stories that the federation of Fossil Fuel Suppliers, FFFS, or Big Oil and Coal, as they are know in the US, pay Congress handsomely for dragging their feet over sustainable energy issues.
You have to wonder why because as long ago as 1852 Victor Hugo pointed out that invading armies can be stopped, but ideas are unstoppable. That statement that has certainly stood the test of time so why on earth do modern industrialist think they can change such inbred human traits? Once again Ignorance rears its ugly head.
Happily the Pentagon are not so imbued with ignorance as to make such futile attempts to halt progress and are, by necessity, driven to green the fighting machine in order to become less dependent on the supply lines running through hostile territory. Brilliant. Why had they not thought that way before? When gas guzzling, turbine powered, M1 Abrams tanks speeding across the Iraqi deserts had to keep stopping to refuel, it seemed not to dawn on the Army that more fuel efficient fighting machines might achieve their objectives more quickly. In fairness to their limited abilities supply routes were easily maintained there, although strong rumours abound that the Republican Guard might not have escaped if Army VII Corps had not been lolling around waiting for fuel tankers during Desert Storm. Ho, hum, still not enough necessity . . .