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US military police stationed at Fort Knox, home among other things to the United States Bullion Depository, are reportedly none too pleased at having to patrol in rather feeble solar-powered electric golf carts in line with Pentagon efforts to be more environmentally friendly. The solar powered patrol vehicle employed by the …


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  1. Anonymous Coward

    How much did they cost?

    My bet, over $100k each.

    1. Anonymous Coward

      @AC 12:31 GMT

      Probably not quite as much. I'd rather be worried about the more than $300 bn worth of gold in the hand of the army...

      1. Anonymous Coward


        Capitol hill decided to pay their salaries after all. I would be worried if the credit ceiling negotiations actually fall through for real.

  2. mark 63 Silver badge

    solar power?

    "That's not helpful," he notes, adding: "If you have to plug it in, it's really not that green, is it?"

    Nail on the fucking head there, Bob

  3. Anonymous Coward

    Stop whining, you cry-babies!

    As my Mum used to say when I complained about something I thought made me look "un-cool", "Tough! Use it or go without, it's your choice!".

    1. Chad H.
      IT Angle


      A plug in cart can still be green - it depends where the grids leccy is coming from.

      1. peyton?

        In Kentucky

        It's mostly coal.

    2. Ralthor
      Thumb Up


      Sometimes I seriously wonder about people? Exactly which part of the truth in the above post do they object to? Upvoted to cancel out at least one of the tools.

  4. Graham Marsden

    It could be worse...

    ... they could have been given Segways!

  5. Captain Caveman


    does this give me an image in my mind that the gold is being guarded by characters like "the Simpsons" Chief Wiggum...

    1. Captain Scarlet Silver badge

      Helmet solar panels

      Helmet solar panels could be the next big thing in fashion!

      1. Stratman


        "Helmet solar panels could be the next big thing in fashion!"

        The mind boggles

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        2. Goat Jam


    2. Anonymous Coward

      I hope...

      ...the gaurd dogs have been sung off tune to for a loooooong time...good work boys!!!

  6. Field Marshal Von Krakenfart
    Paris Hilton

    Note to Auric Goldfinger

    Attack on a cloudy day.

    Paris, AKA Ms Galore

  7. Fab De Marco

    Army Green - Army Strong?

    Sound like something the Hulk would say.

    Top speed of 25mph, nice. What if they have to use it to carry a pallet of Gold from Here to there? What is the Top speed then?

  8. M7S

    United States Mint Police

    Presumably, if there's a raid, none of then want to have the nickname "Polo"

  9. moonface


    Great! So the Federal government of the United States is going all 'environmentally friendly' by introducing this cart.

    So what about all the energy used to extract and refine that 5,000 tons of gold. Which apparently is roughly 2.5% of all the gold ever refined throughout human history. Just to store it in a building for 70+ years doing nothing. Citiziens aren't even allowed to view it, to see how shiny it is!

  10. Natalie Gritpants
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    > United States Mint Police, who are equipped with bicycles

    They are also equipped with a handy army base complete with soldiers, guns and helicopters etc.

    I don't imagine they are going to have a problem with looters any time soon.

  11. Bob 18

    Electric Bikes...

    I hope they have a big fence around the whole place.

    This week, I rode my electric bike into a golf course, and the guard started chasing me around in a golf cart. Very funny, comic in a way. The thing is... my electric bike, at 20mph, is a LOT faster than his electric golf cart. He never got close to me.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Citizens aren't allowed to view

      because it isn't really there - at least not the massive quantity purported to be there.

      well... that's what the alien mind-control rays tell me anyway. Really must get a new liner for me tin-foil hat.

    2. Anonymous Coward


      What about Pussy Galore's flying circus, with nerve gas equipped cessna's?

      Or as Sean Connery would say "Poosey"

      Made short work of them in Goldfinger (or not , thinking back)!

      1. laird cummings


        With an infantry division and an additional infantry combat team, not to mention an aviation regiment (read: Helicopters, including gunships), there is more than enough anti-air capacity on the base to turn Pussy Galore's friends and family into so much gold-plated airborn particulate matter (though that might lower the air quality some, and thus be considered 'not green').

        Really, now - If there's a serious problem, the MPs (not members of parliment!) can call on the services of a metric fuckton of Bradely IFVs. There are few high-speed pursuit problems that cannot be solved by a steady tradewind of cannon fire.

    3. laird cummings

      Sunk costs

      The extraction, refinement, and process costs are sunk costs, and no longer current. You may safely proceed to ignore them.

      'Teh shiny' isn't 'all that,' anyway. A visit to a typical gold souk is more interesting by far.

    4. laird cummings

      The gold don't move much

      And the military police would have no part of it, even if it *did* move - They mostly just write tickets and patrol fencelines.

      The gold just sits there in the vaults. Sometimes technical ownership of some portions of it changes hands, but the gold itself just collects dust.

    5. Herbert Meyer
      Black Helicopters

      but no tanks

      Well, not as many tanks, The armor school and the Patton Museum were moved to Georgia.

    6. phear46


      You my friend are a genius.

  12. ian 22

    5000 "tons"?

    Long tons? Short tons? Metric tons?

    How much is that in standard units (I.e. Elephants)?

  13. DrXym Silver badge

    And not forgetting

    You won't get pussy galore driving one of these things around

  14. IglooDude


    Unlike most police, overmatched solar-kart-driving cops and bicycle-riding Mint Police can call on the 16th Cavalry Regiment and 194th Armored Brigade conveniently based nearby and probably more than willing to help chase down any serious gold thieves. They have vehicles of an entirely different sort of green.

    1. Natalie Gritpants

      It's approximately one Fort Knox

      See title.

    2. Blake St. Claire

      Let me google that for you

      From wikipedia: 4578 metric tons. (5046 tons, 147.2 million troy ounces.)

      Approximately 2.5% of all the gold ever refined throughout human history.

      Second in size to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in Manhattan, which has 7000 metric tons. (7716 tons, 225.1 million troy ounces.)

      1. Tom 13

        Damn Pedants.

        comment or post needed here.

      2. 404 Silver badge

        Manhatten, huh?

        Didn't Hans' brother steal that in 'Live Free or Die"? w/Bruce Willis?


  15. Patrick R

    Tip to make it lighter thus greener.

    You don't need a wind screen at 25 mph, sunglasses will do.

  16. Zog The Undeniable

    Bob Knoll

    What's the betting his nickname is "Grassy"?

    1. Anonymous Coward


      it's not to protect them from wind blast; it's to prevent decapitation by flying frisbee death hats.

    2. laird cummings

      wind screen

      It can get a bit frosty there. Enclosed cabins are recommended for winter patrols.

      1. Anonymous Coward

        Battery life

        And what is the expected battery life once you crank up the 'leccy heater for said enclosed cabin?

        1. laird cummings

          Never mind the heater

          Sun don't show so much in the winter.

          Figure that body heat alone will do the trick - so long as you can keep the warm from blowing away. That, plus a few flasks of hot coffee.

  17. disgruntled yank Silver badge

    Mint Police?

    The US Mints are in Denver and Philadelphia, and that I know of, the US hasn't minted gold in nearly a century. The Mint in Denver used to have rolls of less valuable metals stored in public view behind chain link topped with barbed wire. As i recall it, the property really didn't call for a bicycle to get around.

    1. Blake St. Claire

      You're forgetting San Fran and Westpoint

      The gold coins – Eagles – are minted at Westpoint.

    2. Tom 35 Silver badge

      Mint Police

      \what no Chocolate cops?

  18. Carl W

    25 mins?

    It doesn't seem to be beyond the wit of golf buggy manufacturers to make electric buggies that last for 4 hours+ rounds of golf. Are these ones weighed down by heavy weapons?

    1. Marcus Aurelius

      25 mins is enough

      ..why do you need to go on for hours?

      Golfers buggies take long pauses between short drives in order to hit the balls, so they're not going at it continuously for 4 hours....

      I could go on, but Sarah Bee isn't around anymore to make a snarky comment about the innuendo... :-(

  19. Anonymous Coward

    Can be used as a stretcher carrier?

    I'm looking at the pics, and the first thing I think is:

    "There's no way you'll fit the average american on the back of that..."

    On the plus side, I see the cabin is likely to be proofed against flying, decapitating hats.

    1. Anonymous Coward

      says the drop out from 'You are what you eat.'

      Yup, I'm joking too. Are you laughing?

    2. laird cummings

      "There's no way you'll fit the average american on the back of that..."

      Stretcher goes cross-wise.

      Really, they're more of an oversized ATV with extra crap strapped on, than a proper golfcart.

  20. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

    @25 mins

    They have to carry the weight of two US cops and have AC


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