The US Navy launched an ambitious project to have the Navy running on 50% Biofuels by 2020. While congress is suggesting legislation banning the purchase of alternative fuels due to the price tag being around 4x the price of traditional fuels.
Is this something we should be doing during a time of austerity? Or is it worth it to find a new source of fuel to break the hold that more volatile regions have over us?
@comicsanmc, seems to me oil is keeping us weak. It has just as much ground as an arms race, in my opinion. If we manage to find the renewable alternative first, we will probably gain a huge leap over most of the countries twisting our arms. From there our economy would probably start to turn as we outsourced the information on its creation.
Pretty interesting stuff, really.
I agree, I was talking with a friend of mine at work about this. Her opinion was that it’s just another pipe dream that probably won’t pan out and that we’ll throw billions down the drain. Which is possible, but each time the price of our goes up one dollar it costs the US Navy 38 million, so depending upon those volatile sources doesn’t really make sense to me.
If the US government hadn’t put its support behind computers for the Social Security Agency, the Apollo Project and for the Atomic Energy Commission we’d still be using type writers.
This is true. Let’s hope there is enough drive for this to be accomplished.
I think there is more going on than just the surface “will they do it or not?” thing though.
I mean, take this for instance: you are talking about a fuel so widely distributed it is an economic necessity in all ways. There is nothing you can do as a part of the US economy that doesn’t involve fuel. Eventually, your hands get oil on them.
Now we think about every single company that relates to the manufacturing of those products…what will happen to all of their income when we say “Nah, we are good. No more volatile oils for us.”
@comicsanmc, 38 Million sure seems like a lot to me, but my guess is that the people at the top make more than that on oil interests as well as the profits to be had by maintaining volatility in these regions. My guess is that these types of things, oil/energy, cannabis law reform, things of that nature will only be changed when/if the alternative becomes more profitable. Until then they have nothing to gain from allowing those things to come to pass.