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The Pentagon is quietly moving forward on biofuels deals. Republicans want to stop it


Added 03-13-18 03:23:01am EST - “When then-Navy Secretary Ray Mabus went to the White House in 2014 to announce a major new initiative on biofuels, it was the culmination of years spent talking up the product as a way to make the fleet more secure and independent.” - Washingtonexaminer.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtonexaminer.com: “The Pentagon is quietly moving forward on biofuels deals. Republicans want to stop it”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

When then-Navy Secretary Ray Mabus went to the White House in 2014 to announce a major new initiative on biofuels, it was the culmination of years spent talking up the product as a way to make the fleet more secure and independent.

The Navy, along with two other Obama administration agencies, unveiled contracts with private companies to fund the construction of commercial biofuel refineries in the U.S. The new facilities would turn animal fats, household garbage, and fallen timber from forest floors into more than 100 million gallons per year of military-grade fuel beginning around 2016, the White House said.

The alternative F-76 diesel and jet fuels would help power what Mabus dubbed the "Great Green Fleet" of Navy ships and aircraft, boost the domestic biofuels industry, and fight climate change.

Nearly four years later, the initiative has not produced a single drop of biofuel for the Navy or anyone else, at least not yet.

Mabus’ vision is, however, quietly moving forward under the Trump administration. The Pentagon has authorized $140 million to help build two biofuel refineries in recent months, a move that has agitated some top Republican lawmakers who have long opposed what they see as a waste of taxpayer money.

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