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December 12th, 2011
By Dan Miller
Green stuff is scarce and is too important to waste.
According to this article,
Last week, the Navy signed a contract with two biofuel companies to purchase 450,000 gallons of advanced biofuels at $12 million to assist in President Obama’s goal to establish a domestic biofuels industry and to advance it in ways that do not require Congressional approval. Of course, given the Navy’s mission, they claim to be pursuing biofuels to ensure adequate fuel in the future without relying on crude from the Middle East or other overseas sources that may be a threat to our national security. While this purchase is only a drop in the bucket compared to the Navy’s annual usage of more than 670 million gallons, their goal is to fuel a normal Navy mission with a 50-percent blend of biofuels and gasoline by 2016.
The Navy pays $26 a gallon for the biofuel and after combining it with the oil product in a 50/50 blend obtains a fuel that costs $15 per gallon. That is almost 4 times the cost of JP-5 jet fuel, which runs $3.97 per gallon. An MIT study of alternative jet fuels, conducted in association with the Navy, found that even under optimal conditions, the price of bio jet fuel would still be twice as high as the cost of the traditional jet fuel.[iii]
A recent scientific study commissioned by an anonymous benefactor known only as “Kermit” and undertaken by the Green Food Now Foundation (GFNF) determined that the difference between $15.00 and $3.97 per gallon is approximately $11.03 and that the cost differential between JP-5 and the 50/50 blend multiplied by 450,000 gallons is $4,963,500 — enough to buy 1.65 million hot, tasty and suitably green-based lunches for starving Occupy Wall Street protestors and their countless kindred spirits at roughly $3.00 each. The poor and hungry darlings need food! They can and do smoke grass, but they can’t eat it and there’s the beef. Can’t the selfish military murderers of women, children and other innocents in the Navy overcome their uncivilized emotions and behave reasonably, as all right-thinking people know they should?
Here’s a suggestion: the Army, but not the Navy, has green uniforms. Having its own green uniforms might well satisfy the Navy’s green envy sufficiently to keep them from pursuing such nonsense. Do their ships and things need expensive green fuels? Of course they don’t. They can just as easily use old fashioned blackish-brownish oil and there’s plenty of that stuff in the ground. Were it not for their obviously racist tendencies, they would do so unquestioningly. Oil could easily be used instead of our precious green resources at about one fourth of the cost and the funds thereby saved could be spent instead to empower the poor by giving them nutritious vegetarian meals. Of far greater importance, this would save the scarce green stuff for those who really need it. The resultant benefits for society would be truly incalculable.
There is a great surfeit of oily fat cat Republicans in the Congress who want to preserve all oil deposits held by Gaia for the exclusive use of Haliburton and similar greedy capitalists. They alone, along with the naval establishment, are obviously to blame for insisting on this nonsense. Where is our hero, President Obama? Surely, he will do something about it just as soon as can figure out what to do and then obtain reluctant approval from the worst, most racist and most obstructionist Congress in the history of the human race. Yes he can and Yes he Must. The great conservationist, Theodore Roosevelt, demands nothing less of him and neither can we. We must think of the future — it’s for the children.
(This article was also posted at Dan Miller’s Blog.)
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