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U.S. Air Force tests biofuel at $59 per gallon

Reuters -- The U.S. Navy angered Republicans by spending $26 a gallon for biofuels for this week's Great Green Fleet demonstration, but the Air Force received little attention when it paid twice as much per gallon to test synthetic jet fuel last month.

The Air Force bought 11,000 gallons of alcohol-to-jet fuel from Gevo Inc, a Colorado biofuels company, at $59 a gallon in a program aimed at proving that new alternative fuels can be used reliably in military aircraft - once, that is, their pricing is competitive with petroleum, which now costs $3.60 a gallon.

The cost of the Air Force demonstration - $639,000 - was far less eye-catching than the $12 million the Navy spent for biofuels to power a carrier strike group on alternative energy for a day.


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Submitted Jul 16, 2012 By: Mudsprings
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unclemattie
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Message Posted: Jul 17, 2012 9:26:45 AM

Thanks USA
tomok
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Message Posted: Jul 17, 2012 5:47:47 AM

The US military will test and build and test and build, they have a large supply of our money. There is only so much biofuel and it will not supply the military or the nation. It could be a possible domestic fuel for use in an emergency, in case one or more foreign supplies are cut off. Fuel at $3.60/gallon to $59/gallon?
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12/22/2012
remay
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Message Posted: Jul 17, 2012 5:40:54 AM

"$639,000 - was far less eye-catching ..."

Really? For a one-time DEMO???
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Message Posted: Jul 17, 2012 2:46:33 AM

Thats OK, Obama will give them newly printed money.
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Message Posted: Jul 17, 2012 1:34:19 AM

Americans just got the biggest tax increase in history to pay for health care for illegal migrants, we have the highest taxes for businesses on the planet, the economy is on the precipice of collapse, and government keeps spending our money recklessly...something's gonna let go, I'm afraid.
MontanaMac
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Message Posted: Jul 17, 2012 1:27:42 AM

Really old news.
Alaydown
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Message Posted: Jul 17, 2012 12:47:47 AM

These are just more examples of how the Obama regime has their priorities all wrong. The Obama supporters on this website continue to double down on stupidity by defending this action. Some unsuccessfully attempt to deflect criticism to Republicans without defending this waste of our precious tax dollars within the shrinking Defense budget.

No, it is not a good idea to spend lots of money on a program that will jeopardize our military. The military needs fuel, and lots of it. You don't waste money on expensive fuel that you cannot easily resupply. So it is both wasteful and harmful to our national security.

If you want Obama to continue such a program, let him pay for it himself out of his own pocket.
DrCashFlow
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2012 11:54:53 PM

Reminds me of the $600 toilet seats many years ago
miser709
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2012 11:08:13 PM

Why does Mudsprings keep posting 1-3 week old news articles?
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2012 11:03:58 PM

Old News
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2012 10:59:40 PM

Whose to blame???
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2012 10:57:51 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2012 10:57:20 PM

Whose to blame?
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2012 10:52:06 PM

Another stupid waste of the taxpayers money.
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2012 10:50:11 PM

and means nothing read today about the billons we give and they throw shoes
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2012 10:49:13 PM

Not ok.
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2012 10:48:37 PM

hmm
toadNY
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2012 10:47:24 PM

the government does not care as its not there money! Vote All Incumbents OUT!
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2012 10:46:59 PM

Another waste of money.
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2012 10:46:57 PM

$59 per barrel would sound better and reasonable.
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2012 10:45:28 PM

This country spends too much on war to make the world safe for China.
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2012 10:43:38 PM

Waste of tax money ?
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2012 10:41:52 PM

Costing taxpayers more money that it is worth, not to mention kick-backs and waste.
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2012 10:40:14 PM

Good it is being developed and tested, but a waste of government money at this time for such things. When will we learn?
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2012 10:39:06 PM

$59-a-gallon ?
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2012 10:37:43 PM

Wasting more taxpayers money.
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2012 10:34:30 PM

What a country!!! It's who you %*ow...
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2012 10:33:50 PM

Well, it is not their money they are spending after all!
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2012 10:29:18 PM

gotta pay for area 59
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2012 10:28:47 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2012 10:27:48 PM

I hope our gas never gets that high.
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2012 10:26:20 PM

I don't usually agree with Auburn Tigers, but PoohMcGoo makes a good point. It has to be tested to see if it will work. If it works, then once the price is competetive, there is another option. You know the price is not always going to be $3.60/gallon
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2012 10:26:03 PM

face it, bio fuels are not financially viable now
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2012 10:25:57 PM

There going to spend one way or another.
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2012 10:23:17 PM

Ok
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2012 10:22:10 PM

Guess we'll just have to keep printing more $$$$
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2012 10:18:38 PM

Wasting more tax dollars
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2012 10:17:46 PM

Leave it to Republicans to make the worst of anything. "How dare you try something different when we could be paying Iran for oil."
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2012 10:16:20 PM

$3.60 or $56.00/gal...sounds like a no-brainer to me.
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2012 10:15:52 PM

See if the test works, then we'll see if it was worth it.
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2012 10:15:25 PM

All proto types cost a lot more until they are put into production.
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un friggin real
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The President wants to cut the Pentagon's budget. This 'green' stuff should be the first to go.
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2012 10:06:43 PM

WOW
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2012 10:06:38 PM

Ok.
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2012 10:06:34 PM

There is no one on earth better at wasting money than our military regardless of what branch it is.
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2012 10:06:02 PM

What a waste, and they wonder why we're in debt so bad.
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2012 10:00:43 PM

Another raping of the American taxpayer.
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ok
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2012 9:59:57 PM

What difference does it make if it's reliable when it's unaffordable.
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2012 9:58:30 PM

If Gevo Inc. wanted to sell their fuel to the air force, they should have provided the test fuel for nothing.
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