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Air Force Buys $59/Gal Biofuel from Company Connected to Big Democratic Donor
Breitbart ^

Posted on 07/23/2012 8:17:28 PM PDT by chessplayer

In an effort to make good on President Barack Obama’s commitment to “green energy,” the United States Air Force spent $639,000 on 11,000 gallons of alcohol-to-jet fuel from Gevo Inc., a Colorado biofuels company, at $59 a gallon.

The cost of petroleum is presently $3.60 a gallon.

Similarly, in preparation for last week's "Green Fleet Demonstration,” the U.S. Navy purchased $12 million in biofuels to prove that a carrier strike group could be run on biofuels for the day. It’s all part of the Obama Administration’s decision last year to direct the Navy, Agriculture department, and the Energy department to spend $510 million in taxpayer monies on alternative jet and marine fuels.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: biofuel; gevo; greenenergy; greenfraud; usaf
Besides the outrageous price, I wonder what damage that biofuel crap will do to planes and ships motors.
1 posted on 07/23/2012 8:17:35 PM PDT by chessplayer
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To: chessplayer

Why isn’t the US Govt hedged on fuel prices?


2 posted on 07/23/2012 8:20:51 PM PDT by goseminoles
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To: chessplayer

Money Laundering!


3 posted on 07/23/2012 8:21:51 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: chessplayer

The ‘RATS are having a tough time raising money this year. There are going to be a lot of paybacks like this. Donating big bucks just to rub elbows with Barry and Mooch doesn’t cut it anymore. Barry’s donors now want something in return.


4 posted on 07/23/2012 8:22:06 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Without the Second Amendment, the other twenty-six will cease to exist.)
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To: chessplayer

Our government is corrupt in every direction we turn. It needs to be overthrown. First step, remove Obama from office in November as the most immediate existential threat.
Then immediately hold the GOP to accountable to a standard never seen before. If they will not heed us, then we must form a third party without which appeasing, they cannot hope to win.

There is NOTHING in the constitution holding the two party system sacrosanct, or even parties generally in any kind of esteem. If this fails, then we have to decide ,,what next?


5 posted on 07/23/2012 8:24:48 PM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: chessplayer

“80 percent of the Department of Energy’s $20.5 billion loan program went to companies owned by or connected to Mr. Obama’s campaign donors.”


6 posted on 07/23/2012 8:27:24 PM PDT by Carthego delenda est
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To: chessplayer

It’s a bit like driving around trying to find the highest price before purchasing your gas.

STUPID


7 posted on 07/23/2012 8:28:17 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: chessplayer

And to think that the Dems went berserk over Halliburton contracts. This is way beyond that. Totally fleecing the taxpayers for some earth-firster boondogle. No doubt the Obama crony will be expected to give generously to Obama 2012.


8 posted on 07/23/2012 8:30:59 PM PDT by Tallguy (It's all 'Fun and Games' until somebody loses an eye!)
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To: chessplayer

This would not have happened on Vice President Palin’s watch.


9 posted on 07/23/2012 8:31:59 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland ("The writing is on the wall - Unions are screwed. reformist2 10:04 PM #27")
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To: chessplayer

Who besides Obama are getting kickbacks on this deal.


10 posted on 07/23/2012 8:38:23 PM PDT by RC2 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDMeDmV0ufU)
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To: Pearls Before Swine
Money Laundering

That's exactly what it is.
11 posted on 07/23/2012 8:38:38 PM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: chessplayer

Bookmark.


12 posted on 07/23/2012 8:42:43 PM PDT by airborne (Paratroopers! Good to the last drop!)
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To: airborne

Graft and corruption. High Crime and misdemeanor . Impeach and convict!!!


13 posted on 07/23/2012 8:44:39 PM PDT by marygonzo
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To: chessplayer
If Mittens were smart he'd point this corruption out.
14 posted on 07/23/2012 8:51:19 PM PDT by Aglooka ("I was out numbered 5-to-1, I got 4.")
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To: chessplayer; goseminoles; Pearls Before Swine; FlingWingFlyer; DesertRhino; Carthego delenda est; ..

I’m no fan of the obama administration. The corruption with which they have handled their alternative energy projects is just appalling.

However, the pentagon is up to something very different that you all should be aware of. What the Pentagon wants to do is kill their supply lines. They’re right now planning on taking their bases off the grid by supplying them with nuclear power. If you google darpa sewing machines, you’ll find articles on the darpa funding innovative work that will enable a base to create their own uniforms from scratch. If you google darpa trucks you’ll see articles that show the pentagon is trying to find ways to develop trucks on base from scratch.

I was at a house subcommittee meeting on energy a couple weeks back. Someone asked what the cost of delivered fuel was in Afghanistan. The answer was $300@ gallon.

Afghanistan is at the end of a very long supply line. If the military could figure out a way to grow their fuel on base in Afghanistan—then even $59@ gallon would not be such a shabby price.

But anyone familiar with entrepreneurial processes knows that prices fall pretty quickly as economies of scale and and optimization kick in.

You can agree or disagree—but that’s what the pentagon is up to. They want to kill their supply chain so they never get into the kind of supply pinch they have found themselves in Afghanistan again.

In any case McCain has already put the kabosh on the pentagon paying above market prices for biofuel. So its likely a moot point. I don’t think McCain was wise but that’s another matter.


15 posted on 07/23/2012 8:57:22 PM PDT by ckilmer
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To: chessplayer
and America takes another one in the........

16 posted on 07/23/2012 8:57:57 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: chessplayer

That’s cheap compared to what the Navy is buying these days!

Navy Takes Biofuels Campaign Into Uncharted Waters
http://www.nationaldefensemagazine.org/archive/2011/January/Pages/NavyTakesBiofuelsIntoUnchartedWaters.aspx

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 DLA’s defense energy support center paid Montana’s Sustainable Oils $2.7 million for 40,000 gallons of camelina-based fuel. That comes to about $67.50 per gallon.


17 posted on 07/23/2012 9:05:17 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Carthego delenda est
"80 percent of the Department of Energy’s $20.5 billion loan program went to companies owned by or connected to Mr. Obama’s campaign donors.”

Looks like the Pareto Principle is right once again.

18 posted on 07/23/2012 9:10:39 PM PDT by exit82 (Pass the word: Obama is a FAILURE!! Democrats are the enemies of freedom!)
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To: ckilmer

I could see that logic could possibly work out; but just don’t believe this administration would be doing anything than paying off their donors.
Hard to believe that producing bio fuels locally would make our military more self reliant than bringing fuel in.

I could see the mini reactors however...


19 posted on 07/23/2012 9:11:17 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland ("The writing is on the wall - Unions are screwed. reformist2 10:04 PM #27")
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To: chessplayer

Anyone notice the brave stand made by several AF Generals and Navy Admirals who resigned to protest this egregious “Waste, Fraud, and Abuse?”

(I didn’t either.)


20 posted on 07/23/2012 9:17:00 PM PDT by man_in_tx (Islam is a Hate Crime. (Blowback: Faithfully farting towards Mecca five times daily!))
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To: chessplayer

The entire military command structure is in the tank big time with all this homosexual nonsense.

Look for degradation going total before long.


21 posted on 07/23/2012 9:17:42 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: ckilmer

Would they have enough arable land on the base to do it? It’s one thing to create biodiesel from the fruited plain. It’s another one to try it in Afghan desert.


22 posted on 07/23/2012 9:32:10 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (let me ABOs run loose, lew (or is that lou?))
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Here’s what the best of breed look like. In time they’ll be able to put these down anywhere there’s plenty of sunlight and CO2.
http://www.bizjournals.com/albuquerque/print-edition/2012/01/13/joule-extracts-fuels-from-bacteria.html?page=all


23 posted on 07/23/2012 9:41:08 PM PDT by ckilmer
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To: ckilmer

The trick in a solar fed photosynthetic brewing process would be to retain as much of the water as possible in the system. This thing WILL consume water as biomass is created; the elements are incorporated into the biomass.


24 posted on 07/23/2012 9:44:23 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (let me ABOs run loose, lew (or is that lou?))
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To: HereInTheHeartland

if you want more info on the subject...google
biofuels on US army bases

Here’s an army base that’s getting biofuels on base
http://www.off-grid.net/2012/07/06/us-army-speeds-up-move-off-grid/

camp lejune is getting biofuel
http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/jul2011/2011-07-18-091.html

Here’s two more articles on the subject. the first shows there’s a lot of push back against McCain.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/jul/20/us-navy-great-green-fleet-republicans

http://grist.org/renewable-energy/the-promise-and-peril-of-a-shift-to-military-biofuels/


25 posted on 07/23/2012 9:53:45 PM PDT by ckilmer
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To: ckilmer

The easiest way to handle the supply chains in Afghanistan and Iraq is to get the hell out of there. Ten years in a war is a loosing proposition, no matter how you look at it. Unless of course you stand to make a lot of money from the war. I don’t support Obama but our country needs to bring our men and women home. Those people in those countries could care less about us or our safety.


26 posted on 07/24/2012 8:22:37 AM PDT by RC2 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDMeDmV0ufU)
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