Phyllis Cuttino, director of the Pew Project on National Security, Energy and Climate, released the following statement regarding the passage of a National Defense Authorization Act amendment to preserve the Department of Defense's ability to coordinate and invest in the production of advanced biofuels with other agencies.
“Today, the U.S. Senate reiterated its support for the Department of Defense to work with the departments of Energy and Agriculture toward the shared goal of increasing the production of advanced biofuels. We applaud the co-sponsors, led by Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC), and the senators who voted to protect the Pentagon’s ability to invest in the cost-competitive commercial production of these fuels. This federal investment, matched by private dollars, will help reduce the Pentagon’s dependence on foreign oil, protect the fuel budget against oil price volatility and encourage the commercialization of advanced biofuels.
“Today’s vote also sends a positive market signal to investors that the military will maintain its long-term commitment to advanced biofuels. This is good news for jobs and for clean energy investment.
“As the Senate and House of Representatives work together to craft a final defense policy bill, the Senate’s strong and bi-partisan support for the Udall and Hagan amendments sends a clear message: the Pentagon’s clean energy initiatives to reduce dependence on foreign oil and strengthen our national security should be encouraged and protected.”