State has future in Navy plan for fuels?

Before U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus arrived here Thursday for the Mississippi State University Biofuels Conference, oil industry critics were already slamming the former governor’s message that biofuels and other alternative energies need to be part of the mix for national defense apparatus.

In August, President Barack Obama said in a speech in Minnesota that he wanted to see the military weaned off dependence on fossil fuels.

The same week, the administration announced that $510 million had been set aside to help businesses to begin producing plant waste-based fuels for the Navy.

Sid Salter