In a post on the White House blog Wednesday, Sharon E. Burke, the assistant secretary who oversees operational energy plans and programs for the military, noted that military spends way, way more on conventional fuels than it does biofuels.
“Last year, DoD purchased 5 billion gallons of fuel at a cost of more than $15 billion to conduct worldwide military operations,” Burke wrote.
Burke argued, as Navy Secretary Ray Mabus has before hostile Congressional Republicans, that the department’s small investment in alternative fuels could, down the road, help ensure that the military’s equipment can operate on a wide range of fuels — just in case conventionals aren’t available, or become wildly costly.
“As one of the world’s largest consumers of petroleum fuels, DoD has an interest in the development of alternatives as a hedge against potential supply disruptions and future price volatility,” Burke wrote. “As a national security agency, we also have a strong interest in easing the economic and geostrategic pressures the global market exerts on all Americans.
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