Navy buys biofuel for $16 a gallon
This is going to help the Defense Department weather looming budget cuts, for sure. Teaming up with the Department of Agriculture (which has a cheery Rotary Club ring to it), the Navy has purchased 450,000 gallons of biofuel for about $16 a gallon, or about 4 times the price of its standard marine fuel, JP-5, which has been going for under $4 a gallon.The why and more at Hot Air. Corruption reigns supreme.
This should indeed bankrupt us. When is the insanity going to stop?
The above is an update to an earlier post, info found over at Pravda RU back in August.
U.S. Navy going Green
By 2020, the Navy must learn to get at least 50 percent of energy from alternative sources, and 50 percent of the military vessels will have to try hard to zero out- that is to spend no more energy than they can produce. In other words, the sailors themselves have expressed doubts as to how efficient the vessels will be after the replacement of traditional fuels with alternative ones.
Straight from the former Soviet Union we learn what our Navy folks are up to.From Pravda RU. How many wasted billions are we pouring into the Navy going Green. How will the ships perform? How many of Obama’s favorite Green contractors will make out like bandits? Apparently, we are going to leave our ships at port to achieve the energy savings requirement. One can only imagine the cost of retrofitting all of our ships.
“However, it is not just about money and the desire to reduce dependence on oil and other energy commodities. Introducing the new “green” technology, Americans once again are trying to prove that in terms of technical solutions they are still very strong, at least in regard to the Navy”.
The military has one indisputable advantage: they do not have to worry about public opinion. Naval experts may come up with arbitrarily bold energy ideas that the civil cannot even dream of, but as the result the U.S. Navy apparently will not be chained to the docks because of lack of fuel.
However, the idea of the supporters of “green fuels” looks more like a dream: by 2015, U.S. ships must reduce oil consumption by 50 percent.
In pursuing its objectives, the Navy can kill two birds with one stone: first, to achieve its “green” goals and obtain additional financing for the initiative, and share their own methods with the rest of the country. While politicians are crossing swords in the climate wars, and oil and alternative energy sources are separated by different poles, the Navy leadership understands that the nonsensical trick akin to the Republicans’ anti-energy one can be very expensive. In any case, the “green way” will not be easy, but now the fleet is gradually improving the energy efficiency of its onshore facilities, largely due to the policy of mandatory provision of energy solutions for construction of such facilities. Pravda RU