Skip to comments.Pentagon Cuts Military Raises And Benefits, Spends $150 Per Gallon In Green Jet Fuel
Posted on 05/08/2014 10:54:24 AM PDT by Olog-hai
The Department of Defense was put in the awkward position of having to defend cuts to military pay raises and housing allowances as well as increasing health care fees just one day before a report saying the Pentagon spent $150 a gallon on green jet fuels.
Defense officials spent $150 on jet fuel made from algae that is approved for civilian and military use, according to a report released Wednesday by the Government Accountability Office. [ ]
HEFA, or Hydroprocessed Esters and Fatty Acids, comes from renewable oil (e.g., vegetable oils, animal fat, waste grease, and algae oil) processed using hydrogen treatment (hydroprocessing) to yield a fuel in the distillation range of jet fuel and diesel.
The product costs about 64 times as much as conventional jet fuel, reports the Washington Free Beacon, which was at about $2.88 per gallon when the story was published.
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Don’t forget that green fuel is better than health care for veterans as they must wait for care and die doing it.
Just more Democrat money laundering.
I know where I can get some 100+ octane for about $7.00/gal here in Reno. :>} Just sayin’.
Navy Takes Biofuels Campaign Into Uncharted Waters
Since 2006, the Defense Logistics Agency has procured more than 36 million gallons of ethanol-and-petroleum blends for the military. The Navy in September ordered an additional 150,000 gallons of algae-based fuel from San Francisco company Solazyme. The new agreement is seven times the size of the initial 20,000-gallon contract awarded last year. The Navy is paying big bucks for these fuels.
The service consumes an average of 1.2 billion gallons of petroleum each year at a cost of $3 billion about $2.50 per gallon. The service paid Solazyme $8.5 million to provide just 20,000 gallons of algae-based fuel $425 per gallon. At that rate, it would cost the Navy some $142.8 billion for the 8 million barrels of biofuel needed to meet its 2020 goal.
Camelina-based fuel is a bit cheaper but still more expensive than petroleum. In September 2009 the DLAs defense energy support center paid Montanas Sustainable Oils $2.7 million for 40,000 gallons of camelina-based fuel. That comes to about $67.50 per gallon.
Meh. I’m not particularly happy about the “green” part of it, but I would fully expect our military to conduct expensive experiments with alternate fuels which could be utilized in a resource-constricted conflict.
Apparently some of the people complaining about this skipped history class and don’t know that having options like this would have been a huge boon in WWII.
That’s not what this is about, though.
“You come up with some phony product that’s supposed to help the environment. You charge the government 100 times what it’s worth. We’ll pay for it with money from Republican taxpayers. You then donate some of that money to the Democrat Party. That way, we make the Republicans pay to make you and me rich and fund the Democrat Party. It’s the greatest scam ever.”
Wait till they find they can process the dead into soylent green fuel.
Bingo! I betcha someone’s brother in law is on the receiving end of this cash flow with a large percentage kicked back to the instigator / regulator.
I like to say, the growth industry in California these days is gaming the system...
“The Navy in September ordered an additional 150,000 gallons of algae-based fuel from San Francisco company Solazyme. “
That’s all I needed to know.
Is the company public? And who in congress owns stock, specifically in northern California?
Yup, just got my “your SGLI premium’s going up two bucks” email this morning. It’s still a helluva deal at $28 a month.
Yup, same here in Ohio. I hear some vendor may be seeking license to build a moonshine operation south of Columbus.
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