Alternative Energy — 07 July 2012
U.S. Navy Goes Green

More people are beginning to realize that the planet is in a dire state. Scientists are on the scramble to look for alternative fuel sources that leave a lighter imprint on the environment. Not only are everyday citizens and corporations getting involved, but even the U.S. military is now getting with the program.

The U.S Navy is now resorting to biofuel
to help power its warships and aircrafts. One of the ships, the USNS Henry J. Kaiser, carries with it around 900,000 gallons of biofuel mixed with petroleum to supply power to its jets and cruisers. This carrier is being labeled the Great Green Fleet and is the first of its kind to rely partially on alternative fuel.

While the move towards biofuel is a step in the right direction for the environment, not everyone is happy with the change. Some lawmakers are fuming over the cost. Conventional fuel runs at about $3.60 per gallon. The biofuel being used costs a staggering $26 a gallon. Some politicians believe the price tag is simply too high, especially at a time when the economy is struggling.

Some in Congress simply feel that the military is not a place to be experimenting with green energy policy, which has been largely pushed by the Obama administration.

Navy Secretary, Ray Mabus, supports the movement and says that the military needs to reduce its dependency on fossil fuels, which it currently uses at a rate of about 300,000 barrels a day. His hope is that the military will continue to use biofuel, which will increase the demand and lead to more biofuel plants being built. This will eventually help to drive the cost down.

The question really is a matter of whether the green movement has any place in the military. It is an issue that politicians will have to continue to debate in congress.

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