On May 24 the Senate Committee on Armed Services completed the markup of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2013. The bill authorizes funding for the Department of Defense and the national security programs of the U.S. DOE. The U.S. House of Representatives’ version of the bill, which was approved by House members in mid-May, included provisions that undermine military effort to reduce dependence on foreign oil.
“It is a disappointment that a slim majority of the Senate Armed Services Committee has chosen to restrict efforts by the Department of Defense to reduce dependence on foreign oil,” said Phyllis Cuttino, Pew Charitable Trusts director of Clean Energy. “Today’s vote will hurt the DOD’s efforts to protect its budget from oil price shocks, diversify its energy mix and ensure security of supply. This is a step backwards."
Pew has joined the Biotechnology Industry Organization, Airlines for America, the Advanced Biofuels Association, the Algal Biomass Organization, Growth Energy and the American Farm Bureau Federation in a joint statement against the anti-biofuel amendments implemented by the Senate Committee on Armed Services.
Read the full article, Senate Armed Services Committee Approves Anti-Biofuel Amendments, on the Biodiesel Magazine website