A coalition of organizations representing farmers who grow energy crops, the advanced biofuels industry which converts these feedstocks into drop-in fuels, the customers who procure the fuels, and national security organizations today thanked Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) and other co-sponsors for introducing an important amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013.
Adopting advanced “drop-in” biofuels will help the Department of Defense (DoD) and the nation achieve broader national security objectives. Over-reliance on oil puts U.S. troops at risk of supply disruptions during military or humanitarian missions. Moreover, the oil market is unpredictable and the price per barrel of oil often fluctuates dramatically, which can have a significant impact on military budgets. In fiscal years 2011 and 2012, for instance, DoD came up $5.6 billion short in its budget for military operations and maintenance because it spent more on fuel than anticipated. For every $0.25 increase in the price of a gallon of oil, DoD incurs over $1 billion in additional fuel costs.
It is increasingly important to find domestically produced crude oil alternatives to improve the country’s energy security, meet global energy demands, and provide jobs, while strengthening our military and domestic industry. The DoD’s partnership with private industry is a critical step towards achieving these goals. The amendment offered by the senators today will allow DoD to continue research and testing of fuels that provide U.S. forces with enhanced military capability.
The amendment was passed by the Senate.