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GOP lawmakers mock the Navy for commitment to conserve energy:

GOP lawmakers mock the Navy for commitment to conserve energy:

An energy-efficient Navy? Tanks, but no tanks. What is the Republican take on global military strategy? A recent hearing offers a glimpse — a hilarious, horrifying glimpse. On Feb. 16, the House Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee held a hearing on the U.S. Navy’s budget request for fiscal year 2013. I confess I did not have the fortitude to watch the entire two-and-a-half-hour affair, but CQ wrote up a summary that covers some of the lowlights. The GOP’s main objection, expressed by chairman J. Randy Forbes (R-Va.), is that the Navy is accepting budget cuts in the wake of Iraq and Afghanistan winding down. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus should be out in public, contradicting his commander in chief and objecting to the cuts, the Republicans believe. Secondly, says CQ, Forbes and other Republican lawmakers … … appeared to mock the Navy’s enthusiasm for efforts to save en...

Full article: http://grist.org/energy-efficiency/gop-to-navy-use-more-o...

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