Away from his other issues, one of the big tasks the present US President, Donald Trump, will have to get to grips with quite soon is whether or not to call out the US Army in the aftermath of an almighty inter-service battle involving the US Navy and US Air Force.
Incredibly, the heating up of a decades old rivalry between two of the most powerful armed services on the planet was sparked in the US Department of Energy – when they launched the second season of their web based TV series ‘Better Buildings Challenge Swap’.
The TV show took the ‘Go Navy’ and ‘Aim High’ expectations of the two military services and pitted them against each other to see who could make the better improvements to the other services energy footprint.
In the rival stakes, whether you’re rooting for Navy or Air Force, or being plain old ‘carbon’ neutral, I think everyone will enjoy watching the teams coming up with dozens of mostly straightforward and common sense ideas for how to make their organisations more energy efficient.
With at least one side claiming they were ‘used to cleaning up the others mess’, you’ll be glad to know there was an eventual harmony between the teams …
Watched over by the DoE’s Maria Vargas and with at least one side claiming they were ‘used to cleaning up the others mess’, you’ll be glad to know there was an eventual harmony between the teams. But, no spoiler alert here, both teams helped the United States save a considerable amount of money and resources as they battled against each other, and that’s important when you consider that the US Military is the largest consumer of energy in the United States.
It’s a great TV series idea, although many might like a bit more bite to the competitors, and we look forward to seeing what the US Department of Energy can come up with next.
Of course, here in the Environment.TV office we’d love to see a Wind Guys Vs Oil Guys, even a Solar Guys Vs Coal Guys contest, but at least one wag among the team suggested it might be more fun to watch the US Senate Vs House of Representatives. There’s a lot of hot air in Washington DC that could be harnessed, and who knows, maybe it would be a great thing for politicians of all parties to examine just how energy wasteful so many of us can be.
The final two episodes of this series can be seen at Environment TV