All you really need to know about the Great Green Fleet is summarized in the following from Reuters;
The Senate voted 62-37 to remove language in the National Defense Authorization Act that would have barred the military from buying the controversial alternative fuels if they cost more than petroleum. …
“This would have been a terrible signal to private investors if there had been a pullback from this program because what we all want is for these advanced biofuels to become commercialized and therefore cost competitive,” said Phyllis Cuttino, director of Clean Energy Program at the Pew Charitable Trusts.
Navy Secretary Ray Mabus has set a goal of using biofuels to supply about half the Navy’s non-nuclear fuel needs by 2020, about 8 million barrels a year.Need TAD funds to send Sailors to training? Naw ... we're out of funds.
Need some more funds for shipyard repair for our amphibs who are being rode hard and left up wet? No, not really. We have our little hobbies.
I am all about experimentation and test projects. This has gone way beyond that. This is a personal agenda and a desire to play industrial planner with the Navy's dime ... because they can - and because it fits a theory that some love, but in the real world is already OBE ... but inertia and ego have their place.
The USA has just started an oil boom. We are not in a fuel crisis - but we are in a budgetary squeeze - and we are doing this via Wired;
Some Congressmen were ticked off by the $15 per-gallon price — four times the going rate for old-school fuel...Feel good foolishnes, and you're paying for it - and your Sailors are losing funds because of it.
Hat tip HotAir.