25 May '11, 9pm

Bill Allows Military to Use High-Carbon 'Liquid Coal'

An amendment to a major military spending bill before the House would rescind a 2007 federal law barring the Defense Department from using alternative fuels, like synthetic oil made from coal, that produce more climate-altering pollution than conventional fuels. A bill containing the amendment cleared the House Armed Services Committee this month. The military’s annual consumption of about 120 million barrels of oil is not only an enormous cost to the federal government but also a strategic risk because of the volatility of world oil markets, military analysts have said. The Defense Department has a goal of obtaining 25 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2025. As a result of the 2007 law, written by Democrats, a significant part of that effort is now focused on developing advanced biofuels like those made from algae with reduced carbon footprints. But the focu...

Full article: http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/05/25/bill-allows-mil...

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