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Greening America's Military

$510M federal program to develop advanced biofuels announced.

By EV World Audio

No, we're not talking about the color of their uniforms or vehicles. It's the fuel that powers the American military that brought together Agricultural Department Secretary Vilsack, Secretary of Energy Chu and Secretary of the Navy Mabus, along with Dan Utech, Deputy Director for Energy Policy at the White House Domestic Policy Council, to announce that the federal government will be investing upwards of $510 million during the next three years in partnership with the private sector to produce advanced drop-in aviation and marine biofuels to power military and commercial transportation."

Drop-in fuels are biomass-derived fuels that can be substituted for petroleum-based fuel. It is not ethanol, especially corn-based. It can be derived from crop residues and other biomass and animal wastes. Biofuels Digest reports that two of the more promising pathways the National Advanced Biofuels Consortium’s (NABC) have identified are:

Funding will be redirected from other appropriations, with the ultimate aim being to reduce U.S. reliance on imported oil, while creating jobs and positioning American companies and farmers to be global leaders in advanced biofuels.

The entire 30-minute press conference, held on 16 August 2011, is available in MP3 format. Click either of the two icons (QuickTime, Windows Media Player) in the right-hand column to listen.

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Published: 16-Aug-2011

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