Mark Udall, who serves on the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee and has long championed alternative fuels programs, welcomed the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Navy's new "Farm to Fleet" initiative to expand the use of advanced biofuels. The initiative, announced today, will spur the development of domestic, competitively-priced biofuels for use in military ships, vehicles and aircraft.
Udall, who also serves on the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, has championed advanced biofuels programs, including one at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. He successfully fought last year to protect the U.S. military's development and use of biofuels.
"Our men and women in uniform understand that energy security is national security. This new common-sense initiative will help to power our Navy ships and aircraft with domestically produced fuels that reduce our reliance on foreign suppliers and cost less than $4 per gallon," Udall said. "I will keep fighting to strengthen our military while ensuring that our farmers continue to contribute to our national security as partners in the domestic energy economy."
The "Farm to Fleet" initiative also is expected to include pushes to bring down the cost of feedstocks, so these innovative biofuels are cost competitive with traditional fuels the Navy and other branches of the military use.
The Navy awarded Udall the U.S. Navy's Distinguished Public Service Award in February for his leadership in energy security and support for the U.S. Navy's mission to develop and use alternative fuels