US needs defense against military biofuel adventures

The US Senate has shirked responsibility by supporting biofuel boondoggles by the military. The Constitution established civilian oversight of the military partly to protect the public from expensive misadventures undertaken in the guise of security. A plan by the Navy to meets half its nonnuclear fuel needs with biofuels by 2020 fits that category. Navy Sec. Ray Mabus says reliance on biofuels would insulate his service from oil-price shocks. He needs a lesson in energy economics. Paying eight times the market level for fuel—as the Navy did this year with its "great green fleet" demonstration—is very costly insurance against oil-price variation. And someone should tell Mabus an...

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