SecNav Ray Mabus – Paying $15 a gallon for biofuel ‘makes us better fighters’

The headline reads like something from The Onion: “U.S. Navy Paying $15 a Gallon for Green Fuel.” But it’s real enough.

It seems that, fresh from its success with Solyndra, the Obama administration is slated to spend $12 million to buy a biofuel/gasoline blend that runs $15 a gallon to power a portion of the Navy’s fleet in a demonstration project.

“We are doing this for one simple reason,” explained Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, “It makes us better fighters. Our use of fossil fuels is a very real threat to our national security and to the U.S. Navy ability to protect America and project power overseas.”
Really? As long as a fuel makes the ships, planes, and submarines go, how does using pricey biofuel mixtures improve the war fighting capacity of the Navy? Does it make the officer corps feel better about themselves as good stewards of the earth’s resources, which in turn makes them shoot straighter?

Nation Review
12/13/11