Fatal Conceit

The Fatal Conceit

US Navy "Green Fleet" Sets Sail with $26-a-Gallon and $424-a-Gallon Bio-Fuel

Posted by Zachary Woodman on July 2, 2012 at 6:50 PM

The US Navy is about to add a new “Green” ship to its fleet containing 900,000 gallons of bio-fuel extracted from chicken, algae and seed oils. Today, the Department of Energy and the Department of Agriculture announced that they would launch a $30 million program to expand the production of bio-fuel, with plans to expand the program to $70 million by 2013.

The problem? These programs result in astronomical fuel costs ranging from $28 a gallon to $424 a gallon. The Pentagon paid $8.5 million, for example, to a company called Solazyme for 20,055 gallons of bio-fuel. That would be $424.83 a gallon for fuel. Interestingly enough, Obama’s Transportation Adviser TJ Glauthier, who is also linked to several other so-called “green” government initiatives, sits on the board of Solazyme as a “strategic adviser. Along with Glauthier, former CIA director R. James Woosley. Meaning that your taxpayer dollars were wasted on astronomically expensive fuel because a company’s Board of Directors has political ties.

The so-called “Great Green Fleet” utilizes “cheap” bio-fuel, on the other hand—“cheap” meaning fuel which costs $26.67 per gallon. The Pentagon paid $12 million for 450,000 for this “Great Green Fleet.”

Why is the Pentagon paying tens and hundreds of taxpayer dollars for bio-fuel when it could obtain petroleum-based fuels for only around $3? Navy Secretary Ray Mabus claims it’s because “we simply buy too many fossil fuels from either actually or potentially volatile places on earth.”

LFN has previously pointed out that federal government’s leases to produce oil in the United States have fallen. Last year, leases fell 30% in the Gulf and 70% in the Rockies. So, instead of producing cheap fossil fuels in America for the Pentagon to use, the government is instead blocking the production of such gas and spending $424 a gallon for bio-fuel. Your taxpayer dollars at action.


Alexander, David. “Insight: "Green Fleet" sails, meets stiff headwinds in Congress.” Reuters.com. Thomson Reuters: 2 July 2012. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/07/02/us-usa-navy-greenfleet-idUSBRE86106X20120702. 2 July 2012.

Johnson, Erica. “Does Obama Deserve Credit for Increased Oil Production? Hint: No.” Townhall.com. Townhall Magazine: 25 February 2012. http://townhall.com/tipsheet/erikajohnsen/2012/02/25/does_obama_deserve_credit_for_increased_oil_production_hint_no. 2 July 2012.


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