No wonder our enemies have such contempt for us. Only cowards would say we shouldn't use our enemies' oil when the manly solution would be to take it away from our enemies.First of all, anyone thinking this bio-fuel is crippling our food production is flat out wrong. Solazyme, the producer of the bio-fuel for this project, makes it from algae which has NO EFFECT on our food production.
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Secondly, folks should remember we get a significant percent of foreign oil from the middle-east, an unstable region which is largely hostile to the US. Knowing that our military relies on oil and that much oil come from potential enemies in the middle-east, it should be clear to anyone with half a brain that this situation constitutes a major flaw in our military structure. The only INSANE thinking is running your military on fuel provided by your enemies! That's building castles made of sand, my friends. Yes, Saudi Arabia ( a major US oil supplier ), has avoided the Arab Spring for now, but how long will it last? Should we throw all our eggs in one basket assuming it will never happen? That's lousy strategic thinking. Our military is attempting to plug a major energy security hole with this project. Does our military expect to pay $26 per gallon indefinitely? HELL NO! It expects the large demands to force an explosive increase in algae-fuel production which will drive the price down tremendously. The price we read in the article is not the price, forever. It's a shame my fellow Americans don't understand Capitalism any better than that.
Thirdly, our Navy does not sit around in port, swinging at anchor like the Russkies. We are steaming abroad on station ready to go to battle-stations on a moment's notice. And that's why our Navy still uses a lot of oil. And most of the time, when our military goes into action, what region dominates this activity? The middle-east of course! Where all the oil is! Yes, our military spends most of it's time ensuring oil production facilities are safe and that the sea lanes bringing the oil home are safe. If anyone is unhappy with all the American sons and daughters fighting in foreign lands, then those same people should praise the vision of the "Green Fleet." I think that's a misnomer, though. Screw the green aspect of it if it seems offensive. Consider it "Energy Security." We should call this fleet the "Energy Security Fleet." Sound better? Because that's what it REALLY is. I don't think Donald Rumsfeld is the type to sit in a field of daisies feeding doves from his hand, do you? If DR was pushing for it there was a serious nuts and bolts, military/economic reason for it, not "being green."