Democrats have all but pushed coal out of the clean energy debates, but the coal lobby might have found a new tap into the U.S. Treasury: the Pentagon.
The Defense Authorization Bill now being debated in the Senate includes a provision that would allow energy companies to sign 10-year contracts with the military to produce synthetic fuel.
The article goes on to describe the history behind the coal-to-liquids push at the Air Force. It quotes former Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne as saying:
It was really about minimizing the impact on American society for the energy crisis and using the marketplace as a lever to induce a different future. That’s one of the things a military department can and should do.
So the Air Force seeks “to induce a different future” for the US: one of worsened global warming. Is that what a military department “should do?” Perhaps it’s not surprising that the Bush Administration is using the Pentagon as a back-door for pushing an energy deal that is so destructive to the climate, since a ruined climate means more regional wars and crises for the Pentagon to deal with (see “The moving Fingar writes: Reduced Dominance Is Predicted for U.S.“)!
A pro-CTL group reports the Pentagon isn’t waiting for the above bill. DARPA plans to spend $4.5 million to support demonstration projects.
In other news, General Electric president Jeff Immelt in a joint announcement with Google today said Thursday of jumpstarting the clean energy transition, “I don’t think this is hard. I’d say health care is hard. Solving the U.S. health care system (is hard). Energy actually isn’t hard. The technology exists. Doesn’t need to be invented. It needs to be applied.” Too bad the Air Force hasn’t gotten that message.
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