US Navy wastes money on biofuel

Would you buy fuel priced four-times that of what you would normally pay? The US Navy would.

…You don’t have to be reasonable, you don’t have to be rational, this is about pursuing the holy grail, the environment.”
…”This is why we owe $15 trillion, because we’re doing all this environmental experimentation on the taxpayer’s dime.”

Granted, it’s not as bad as Solyndra, wasting only $7 million (compared to the half-billion the US taxpayer chipped in to the now-bankrupt Solyndra), but it is an unnecessary waste that we can thank the green movement for.

While in Australia we are protesting against the carbon tax, these sorts of thing in the US do highlight to dangers of the Coalition’s direct action policy.


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Hi, I'm the climatenonconformist (not my real name), and I am a global warming skeptic, among the few in generation Y. With Australia facing the prospect of a carbon tax, we need to be asking the simple question; where is the evidence that our emissions are causing any dangerous warming?
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2 Responses to US Navy wastes money on biofuel

  1. Cliff Claven says:

    The price for the biofuel itself in this contract is actually $26 per gallon ($12M for 450K gal) and is more than 8 times the current rate for conventional JP-8 jet fuel and F-76 diesel oil (both less than $3 a gallon to the military in bulk). Even so, this price is a huge deception. DOE is separately subsidizing Solazyme for the algae fuel to the tune of $21 Million. USDA is also pumping in money via subsidies and loan guarantees. To get an idea of the real price of biofuels, Honeywell UOP just won a DOE contract for $1.1M to produce 100 gallons of fuel-that’s $11,000 a gallon. This is how the Administration and the Navy are spending our tax dollars while carrying a $15 Trillion debt and cutting defense. America’s fanciful mandatory ethanol policies have driven up the world-wide price of food 250% and resulted in the United States actually IMPORTING biofuel to meet federal mandates. How insane to spread starvation in other countries by enticing their farmers to fuel crop production instead of food production (e.g., Brazil), and to trade U.S dependence on cheap imported petroleum for a dependence upon expensive imported ethanol and biodiesel.

    BTW, The Navy claiming a 50% discount on the price of the biofuel because it is being cut 50% with conventional fuel is bad math and disingenuous. By that logic a gallon of gasahol at the pump should only cost 10% the price of a gallon of ethanol because it is only 10% ethanol. Fuel costs what it costs per the unit of energy delivered. To buy conventional fuel or biofuel, or to mix them or not are separate issues.

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