Republicans critical of Navy’s ‘Great Green Fleet’, $26 a gallon fuel
A Navy official said “that sailing the so-called “Great Green Fleet” this month on the 50-50 blend of alternative and conventional fuel is part of Navy Secretary Ray Mabus’ plan to have half the Navy fleet on alternative fuel by 2020.
The (Navy)spokesman also confirmed the fuel which does not require engine modifications and costs $26 a gallon compared to $3.60 a gallon for conventional fuel.
Capitol Hill Republicans have been among the biggest critics of this plan questioning the fuel’s cost and President Obama’s alternative energy initiatives as either not ready or too expensive for the marketplace.
Arizona Sen. John McCain, the ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee said “I don’t believe it’s the job of the Navy to be involved in building new technologies. I don’t believe we can afford it.”