Biofuels Digest: US Senate Votes 62-37 to Back Military Aviation Biofuels

Posted on November 29th, 2012

From Biofuels Digest (November 28, 2012):

In Washington, the US Senate voted 62-37 in favor of an amendment offered by Senator Mark Udall of Colorado to repeal section 313 of the annual Defense appropriations bill.

In a joint statement, the Advanced Biofuels Association, American Farm Bureau Federation, Biotechnology Industry Organization, Growth Energy, National Biodiesel Board and Truman Project said:

“Adopting advanced “drop-in” biofuels will help the Department of Defense (DoD) and the nation achieve broader national security objectives. Over-reliance on oil puts U.S. troops at risk of supply disruptions during military or humanitarian missions.

“Moreover, the oil market is unpredictable and the price per barrel of oil often fluctuates dramatically, which can have a significant impact on military budgets. In fiscal years 2011 and 2012, for instance, DoD came up $5.6 billion short in its budget for military operations and maintenance because it spent more on fuel than anticipated. For every $0.25 increase in the price of a gallon of oil, DoD incurs over $1 billion in additional fuel costs.

“It is increasingly important to find domestically produced crude oil alternatives to improve the country’s energy security, meet global energy demands, and provide jobs, while strengthening our military and domestic industry. The DoD’s partnership with private industry is a critical step towards achieving these goals. The amendment offered by the senators today will allow DoD to continue research and testing of fuels that provide U.S. forces with enhanced military capability.”

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