The US Navy is getting a reprieve from what looked like strong Congressional opposition to further use of biofuels in Navy vessels. Restrictions imposed this past May by Congress against the further use of biofuels by the Navy were recently repealed in the Senate.
The Navy has been testing the use of biofuels for the past few years, and this legislation makes it more likely that the Navy can continue to explore the use of biofuels with its fleets. The Navy's "Great Green Fleet" planned for 2016 may still be a viable possibility.
The top military leadership is generally in favor of green measures. The armed services have been adopting greater use of more sustainable materials, and they recognize the strategic importance of energy conservation and self-reliance for energy needs. As a whole, the US Department of Defense is the single largest single user of oil in the world, so developing more sustainable sources is beneficial to them strategically as well as reducing their environmental impacts.
image: Public Domain by US Navy/Wikimedia Commons
written by Guarani, December 03, 2012
written by Brian Bell, December 04, 2012
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