The USNS oil, Henry J. Kaiser, set sail from Puget Sound recently with 900,000 gallons of biofuel blended with standard petroleum in its bunkers. So, what’s the difference between the new “green” fuel and the standard stuff? $2,016,000. That’s right. The standard fuel that has been used by our Navy to fuel its ships for the past 100 years currently costs about $3.60 per gallon as opposed to the new biofuels that cost $26 per gallon. This is madness and our country is being run by environmental fanatics. The Pentagon is now on a crusade to save the planet from the Global Warming Hoax ™ . President Romney must put an end to this lunacy as soon as possible after taking office. Green Fleet indeed! Our greenbacks being wasted on greeniac pipe dreams.
(Reuters) – A U.S. Navy oiler slipped away from a fuel depot on the Puget Sound in Washington state one recent day, headed toward the central Pacific and into the storm over the Pentagon’s controversial green fuels initiative.
In its tanks, the USNS Henry J. Kaiser carried nearly 900,000 gallons of biofuel blended with petroleum to power the cruisers, destroyers and fighter jets of what the Navy has taken to calling the “Great Green Fleet,” the first carrier strike group to be powered largely by alternative fuels.
Some Republican lawmakers have seized on the fuel’s $26-a-gallon price, compared to $3.60 for conventional fuel. They paint the program as a waste of precious funds at a time when the U.S. government’s budget remains severely strained, the Pentagon is facing cuts and energy companies are finding big quantities of oil and gas in the United States.
Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, the program’s biggest public booster, calls it vital for the military’s energy security.
But the initial small-batch cost of some biofuels has raised eyebrows on Capitol Hill, even among lawmakers used to dealing with billion-dollar defense cost overruns.
The Pentagon paid Solazyme Inc $8.5 million in 2009 for 20,055 gallons of biofuel based on algae oil, or $424 a gallon.
Solazyme’s strategic advisers, according to its website, include T.J. Glauthier, who served on Obama’s White House Transition team and dealt with energy issues, but also former CIA director R. James Woolsey, a conservative national security official.
For the Great Green Fleet demonstration, the Pentagon paid $12 million for 450,000 gallons of biofuel, nearly $27 a gallon. There were eight bidders for that contract, it said.
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