(Washington, DC – July 3, 2012) Although traditional fuel costs $3.60 per gallon, the U.S. Navy has opted to power its so-called “Green Fleet” with a biofuel blend that costs $26 per gallon. Apparently oblivious to staggering budget deficits, the Pentagon has funded the “Green Fleet”—which recently began its 6-week-long exercise in the Pacific—through its green fuels initiative.
“With our nation’s defense budget set to lose hundreds of billions of dollars over the next ten years, this floating government boondoggle is a truly astonishing waste of taxpayer money,” said Ryan Houck, executive director of Free Market America. “It is seven times more expensive to fuel the so-called ‘green fleet’ than to fuel a traditional fleet, begging the question: What vital national defense programs are now on the chopping block thanks to the green agenda? Members of congress and the Administration should note that when Americans express outrage over wasteful government spending, this is exactly the type of nonsense they are talking about.”
The AP posted its story on the “Green Fleet” late yesterday afternoon. It can read here.
Free Market America is a free market watchdog group that focuses on environmental issues. In partnership with Americans for Limited Government, the group was launched earlier this year and is responsible for the viral video “If I wanted America to fail”—a runaway hit that scored over 2.4 million views on YouTube.