Mabus: Energy Initiatives ‘Make Us Better Warfighters’

WASHINGTON, May 5, 2011 – The Navy is leading the nation in the quest for alternative energy sources, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said here yesterday, and “it is doing so primarily for one reason: it makes us better warfighters.”

Speaking at an industry energy, environment, defense and security conference, Mabus embraced the Navy’s role as a leader in the alternative energy movement that he said can lay the foundation for government and industry to follow.

The Defense Department is America’s largest user of biofuels, Mabus said, and the Navy and Marine Corps account for about one-third of that use. Reliance on biofuels, he added, increases security risks and puts the military at the mercy of “price shocks” in the oil and gas industry.

American Forces Press Service