22 May '12, 8pm

Ranking HASC Dem: Political Environment 'Difficult' for DoD Energy Agenda

For the second year in the row, the House GOP majority is seeking to curtail Pentagon investments in alternative sources of fuel. Republicans’ effort failed last year, but there is a strong chance that fossil fuel supporters might win this time, unless a more forceful argument is made in favor of clean-burning, renewable energy, said House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash. “We have to fundamentally start to win the argument for why alternative energy matters,” Smith said May 22 in a conference call with reporters. “The political environment is difficult” for green energy, Smith said. Provisions passed by the House in the fiscal year 2013 National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 4310) severely limit the Pentagon’s authority to purchase alternative fuels that cost more than fossil fuels. One amendment would exempt the Pentagon from legislation ...

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