Navy’s ‘Great Green Fleet’, $26 a gallon fuel

The Navy is steaming ahead with an initiative to power ships with biofuel, despite criticism the so-called “green fuel” costs nearly seven times more than conventional fuel.

This month marks the first time the Navy is using biofuel in an operational setting — sending five ships to a multi-nation exercise off the coast of Hawaii.

… the 50-50 blend of alternative and conventional fuel is part of Navy Secretary Ray Mabus’ plan to have half the Navy fleet on alternative fuel by 2020.

The spokesman also confirmed the fuel — which does not require engine modifications — costs $26 a gallon compared to $3.60 a gallon for conventional fuel.

via Republicans critical of Navy’s ‘Great Green Fleet’, $26 a gallon fuel | Fox News.

The Department of Defense is soon going to be in full blown fiscal conservation mode and yet it’s willing to spend $26 per gallon for bunker fuel.  While I applaud the Navy’s efforts to become more (domestically) energy self-relilant…it seems to me that the ‘need to be green’ is what’s really driving this ‘ship.’  If government decisions (and yes the Department of the Navy is part of the government) were based more on energy self-reliance and less on perceived environmental issues maybe we’d be able to pipe oil in from our neighbors instead of tankering it in from the other side of the world. 

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