Pentagon officials say their priorities include reducing reliance on foreign countries for petroleum, and reducing the defense budget’s exposure to oil price increases on the market.
Pew’s Environment Group advocates for green-friendly policies that can help save the natural environment and the life it supports. The organization on Tuesday released a letter, signed by more than 350 veterans including retired generals and admirals, urging President Obama and Congress to support the Pentagon’s efforts to diversify its energy sources.
But some in Congress have questioned whether that should be a priority for the Pentagon in an era of tightening budgets and increasing budget deficits. Some members proposed to limit the Pentagon’s authority to buy and use alternative fuels.
Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, praised AFRL’s work on developing alternative fuels and improving energy efficiency.
But, he said: “Taxpayers deserve proper oversight to ensure the billions being spent on alternative fuel sources beyond research and development is appropriately vetted, within the responsibilities of the Defense Department, and necessary for developing this capability.”