By: Jeffrey Klein
Political Buzz Examiner
Just when you thought the Obama administration could not do any further damage to the military that it already has, now we learn the he is forcing his “green energy” agenda upon the U.S. Navy by forcing all non-nuclear powered vessels to use “bio-fuel.”
This month, a carrier strike group that is headed to the Pacific for a six-week multinational naval exercise off the coast of Hawaii, will have its non-nuclear powered escort vessels, which include a destroyer and a tanker, use a newly formulated 50-50 mixture of standard [diesel] fuel, and a cocktail of seeds, algae and chicken fat, according to a July 2, 2012 FOXNews article.
A Navy official stated that operating the so-called “Great Green Fleet” on this 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 Navy official answered…
Investments in biofuel will produce a competitively priced — and domestically produced — alternative to conventional fuel. Such investments help the Navy and the nation become less dependent on foreign oil and thus less subject to volatility in oil prices that directly affect our readiness.
Not so fast.
What will really ‘affect the readiness’ of our Navy is it having to file for bankruptcy–because this biofuel mixture was confirmed to cost $26 a gallon–more than seven times the $3.60 a gallon cost for conventional fuel.
First, naval vessels and other such massive ships measure their fuel usage by the ton, probably because the numeric value in gallons would not fit within the quantity field of an invoice.
More importantly, because President Barack Obama has already ordered $478 billion stripped from the Pentagon Budget already (but hasn’t touched a dime of entitlement programs), if the idiotic, automatic Super-Committee “sequester” budget cuts of another half-trillion dollars are allowed to take affect, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta isn’t confident that we can even maintain our fighting forces–particularly the Navy patrolling international waters protecting sea lanes all over the world.
This fact has not gone unnoticed by the GOP on Capitol Hill, as they question not only the enormous cost of the biofuel, but President Obama’s alternative-energy initiatives in total, as either not ready or too expensive for the marketplace–pointing to the series of taxpayer-subsidized solar panel companies that have gone bankrupt faster than his first term in office.
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), the ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, stated … “I don’t believe it’s the job of the Navy to be involved in building … new technologies. I don’t believe we can afford it.”
And, Rep. Randy Forbes (R-VA), a Republican on the House Armed Services Committee, slammed the door on the idea by stating that studies show biofuel will always be more expensive, and accusing Navy Secretary Mabus of failing to provide Congress with a full cost analysis.
Although Democrats are famous for not wanting to ‘cloud their issues with the facts,’ under the Obama administration they don’t seem to be hiding their true strategic objectives…
Crippling our military.
Converting our country into a God-less Socialist nation.