Skip to comments.Republicans critical of Navy's 'Great Green Fleet', $26 a gallon fuel
Posted on 07/02/2012 7:02:59 PM PDT by Ron C.
The Navy is steaming ahead with an initiative to power ships with biofuel, despite criticism the so-called green fuel costs nearly seven times more than conventional fuel.
This month marks the first time the Navy is using biofuel in an operational setting -- sending five ships to a multi-nation exercise off the coast of Hawaii.
A Navy official told FoxNews.com on Monday that sailing the so-called Great Green Fleet this month on the 50-50 blend of alternative and conventional fuel is part of Navy Secretary Ray Mabus plan to have half the Navy fleet on alternative fuel by 2020.
The spokesman also confirmed the fuel -- which does not require engine modifications -- costs $26 a gallon compared to $3.60 a gallon for conventional fuel.
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They’d do better with wind power. With modern materials, sails could really work! Naturally you’d have Diesel-electric or a nuke for backup, but sail power is green!
It’s expensive being “green”.
Or better yet, water power.
Put the ship in the water. Turn off the engines and just let the waves take you where you end up.
Now, that’s cheap.
Amazing the people in this country are so unform about what this administration does daily
How to recognize the new Navy:
- Paying $26 a gallon for waste products that gum up the turbines
- Homos happily humping in the hammocks
- Half the females are lesbian and most of the others are pregnant
- Navy Day celebration is out. Homo Day Celebration is in
It’s total insanity to buy or use even one gallon of that crap!!!!
How did such utter stupidity take control of our entire government?
It comes out of the ground - just have to tweak the uranium a bit.
ships run best on what we get out of the ground - fuel oil... and it is the cheapest!
Now that would be a sight - can you imagine landing planes between 15 to 20 thousand sails? ~crooked grin~
H.R. 750: Defending Americas Affordable Energy and Jobs Act
Get your congressman to support it. While not something that addresses this exact issue it will strip the EPA of the power to regulate.
We need to go after the greentards the same way they act on us. On all fronts, all the time.
Sun Tzu is ROTFLOL in his grave.
I did that once - two Waves - lots of fun!
“these friggin idiots” come straight out of our lefty colleges, and apparently our Naval academies.
Mostly thanks to Admiral Rickover and the safety measures that he put into place for the running of these reactors and the powerful emphasis he placed on personnel integrity.
The navy really doesn’t have to go anywhere. If you wait long enough, your enemies will come to you . . .
How about taxpayers with oars?
>>> costs $26 a gallon compared to $3.60 a gallon for conventional fuel. <<<
It’s the Obama way.
It is going on in every branch. When Congress kept them from spending extra money to get LEED Green design and construction ratings above Silver rating, the Pentegon simply started wasting money on Net Zero requirements which means designing buildings with full utility conections and capacities but also designing in large Photovoltaic arrays and other renewable resources at extra cost.
Is $26/gal for the 50-50 mix or for the green input?
What is the name of the buddy of “The Divine One” that received acceptance of his bid to provide the fuel? How much money did he give to “The Divine One?”
They want soldiers to pay for their health care when they risk life and limb to protect them by giving the excuse of cutting spending....
No more words for this kind of trash behavior from Washington or the sick, sorry, pentagon.
Sofa King Stupid.
If this bio-fuel is like others it is inefficient and dirty.
I would hate to be a deck seaman right now. Inefficient fuel means more unreps, more back breaking labor to fuel up.
On an earlier thread someone noted that the fuel is being bought from a company with close ties to the White House:
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.
Thanks for the link.
I used to live in Cape Canaveral on the edge of Kennedy Space Center. When I saw your name it brought back memories.
Funny how cost is not an issue when you're paying with someone Else’s money.
It's the Obama way.
From that distance you could probably smell the hydrazine in the morning!
And yesterday BO granted more waivers to states to not comply with the duly passed, No child left behind bill. I don't agree with the bill myself, but now he is telling states that they need not comply with that congressional law, Barack has spoken!
Sometimes hydrazine would escape and the wind would carry it across a populated area where allegedly it would cause a cluster of temporary respiratory problems. Most people didn't know. And even if they did, it was a time when patriotism eclipsed legal opportunism.