Military at War With Rising Fuel Costs

Pentagon, with hefty budget worries, trying synthetic, greener options
By Jim O'Neill,  Newser User
Posted May 21, 2008 10:12 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Fuel costs are hitting the US military harder than most, the Wall Street Journal reports, and it's moving forward with efforts to switch to synthetic, and greener, alternatives. Chugging 340,000 barrels of oil per day, the military is the nation's largest consumer; synthetic fuels and massive solar arrays are already in use, and the military is considering nuclear plants on some remote bases.

Crude prices broke the $130 barrier today, the AP notes, underlining the military's concerns that its reliance is a weakness. "The endgame is to wean the dependence on foreign oil," an Air Force official said. Experts warn, however, that the government must move faster to keep growth steady in alternative fuels, particularly refining synthetics.