Army Reverses Course on Environmental Cutbacks

It’s enough to raise the cynic’s eyebrow: After the press uncovered and publicized an email memo ordering U.S. Army garrison commanders around the world to cut back on environmental programs at their bases to save money, the Army announced yesterday that — whaddya know? — it had found the money to sustain the programs after all. “All those things we said in the [memo] concerning environment are off the table,” said the Army’s Phil Sakowitz. Army spokesfolks denied that bad press influenced their decision. In an unrelated attempt to demonstrate its green credentials, the Army yesterday conducted a show-and-tell at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Alaska, showcasing the energy-efficient vehicles it has in production, including hybrid tankers, electric transports, and fuel-cell-powered all-terrain vehicles.