THE GREAT GREEN FLEET: The U.S. Navy and Fossil-Fuel Alternatives

Chambers, Alaina M.; Yetiv, Steve A.
June 2011
Naval War College Review;Summer2011, Vol. 64 Issue 3, p61
Academic Journal
The article considers the use of renewable energy sources as substitutes for fossil fuels by the U.S. Navy. It is noted that the Department of Defense has officially termed U.S. dependence on fossil fuels a national security vulnerability, and that the department is the single largest U.S. consumer of petroleum products. A plan by Navy Secretary Ray Mabus to create what he called a "Great Green Fleet" in which the Navy's warships would use either nuclear power or hybrid electric power and that naval aircraft would use biofuels is examined. Fossil fuels used by the Navy are discussed in terms of their possible replacement by biomass energy fuels. Appropriations by the Navy for alternative energy source research are cited.


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