The Spanish Armada
Ya want a Green Fleet? Here's a Green Fleet for ya, jackhole!
The Senate markup of the 2013 National Defense Appropriations Act late last month dealt a grave blow to the liberal green agenda that has taken hold of the Defense Department.These senseless jackholes will be the death of us all. My grandfather was a cook on a sub chaser in WWI; my dad was a Navy salvage (hard hat) diver in WWII; my brother was a snipe (machinist's mate) during the Vietnam Way on a destroyer, the USS Sims. Not one of them could or would give a flying fig about biofuels. They wanted a fighting ship. That's all. And how much money does the Navy want to waste on exotic fuels which could instead go for ammunition, aviation fuel, bombs, additional sailors, training, etc., at $26 a gallon!?!?! It was four times as expensive when the Navy was only paying $15 a gallon for biofuel, so roughly double it now.
Like the version of the bill that passed the Republican-controlled House, the Senate version censures military plans to invest heavily in costly biofuels to power ships and aircraft.
In recent months, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Navy Secretary Ray Mabus have made no secret of their intentions to support the infant biofuels industry, using the alternative fuels at the rate of $26 a gallon to power a “Great Green Fleet” intended to launch for training this summer and deploy in 2016.
“We can break the market,” Mabus boasted at a gala sponsored by the Environmental Defense Fund in May.
You have to follow the money because this is just a repeat of the scandalous behavior of Solynda donations where a half billion tax payer dollars went into someone's pocket. Look to see where the biofuel contracts are going.
Dynamic Fuels, half-owned by agribusiness giant Tyson Foods, converts fats and waste greases into biofuels. Solazyme uses algae as a means of fermenting everything from plant matter to municipal waste into fuel. Both are considered leaders in the next-gen biofuel industry —Interestingly enough, Dynamic Fuels, LLC, is being sued for patent infringement by a Finnish company for using their patent to process chicken fat into biofuel. Dynamic Fuels, LLC, is half owed by Tyson Chicken and has partnered with Solazyme to produce biofuel for the Navy. One name pops up between the two companies, Robert N. Ames. He is a VP at Solazyme and Dynamic Fuels and was also a VP at Tyson Chicken.
Taxpayers for Common Sense has something to say about the biofuel industry:
• Lobbying: The biofuels industry spent almost $31 million on lobbying so far in 2011 – or roughly $169,000 per day – capping off a total of nearly $243 million in lobbying expenditures from 2008‐2011. It employs hundreds of lobbyists, including former Congressional and administration staff, and even a few former members of Congress themselves.
• Contributions: Over the last three election cycles, the biofuels industry has donated more than $12.5 million in campaign contributions to the members of the 112th Congress.
• Super Committee: Members of the so‐called Super Committee have received $708,000 from this industry over the same period. In anticipation of the loss of the lucrative ethanol tax credit, the biofuels industry is fighting for continued government spending on biofuels research, federally backed loan guarantees for construction projects, special tax provisions meant to encourage biofuels production, and even federal outlays for building a biofuels infrastructure, such as installation of ethanol‐compatible blender pumps at gas stations.