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Friday, July 6, 2012

Green Fleet Exercise

The Navy will be fueling a carrier task force using bio-fuel costing $27/gallon (vs. $3.60 for diesel).  The article at the URL below presents solid logic, with which I agree, for using bio-fuel.  Still, considering the difference in cost/gallon multiplied by the number of gallons the Navy uses I cannot convince myself this extra expenditure is justified.


  1. Interesting post.

    So part of the argument for doing this is energy independence, which I'm certainly down with. Here's a twist on that idea, though.

    An older relative of mine is a semi-retired engineer and has been doing some consulting for drilling operations in North Dakota. He offered that there are indeed more domestic energy sources that can be developed, but that one advantage of conserving our domestic oil and gas deposits is that if we first seek to diminish the oil and gas resources elsewhere in the world (say, the Middle East) that leaves us at a distinct advantage relative to possible future economic or military conflicts with other powers (say, China).

    To put this view succinctly (and I know this sounds like an awful perversion of a popular liberal bumper sticker): Conserve locally, exploit globally. It's not a strategy I necessarily subscribe to, but I'll admit (with a bit of embarrassment) that the idea interests me.

  2. Use theirs and save ours till the price really goes up.
    I have wondered since college in the sixties why this was not the most obviously appropriate policy.

  3. Supporting a policy to conserve locally and exploit globally would almost certainly draw accusations of being a U.S citizens first at the expense of being poor world citizens. Considering such a self serving policy does give be a twinge of moral pain, but not enough to reject the idea.