The Navy is steaming ahead with an initiative to power ships with biofuel, despite criticism the so-called â€œgreen fuelâ€ costs nearly seven times more than conventional fuel.
This month marks the first time the Navy is using biofuel in an operational setting — sending five ships to a multi-nation exercise off the coast of Hawaii.
A Navy official told FoxNews.com on Monday that sailing the so-called â€œGreat Green Fleetâ€ this month on the 50-50 blend of alternative and conventional fuel is part of Navy Secretary Ray Mabusâ€™ plan to have half the Navy fleet on alternative fuel by 2020.
The spokesman also confirmed the fuel — which does not require engine modifications — costs $26 a gallon compared to $3.60 a gallon for conventional fuel.
However, he pointed out the cost was for a one-day supply and that prices will drop when the Pentagon, among the countryâ€™s biggest fuel users, buys more.
Capitol Hill Republicans have been among the biggest critics of the plan — questioning the fuel’s cost and President Obama’s alternative-energy initiatives as either not ready or too expensive for the marketplace.
They point to the government-funded Solyndra solar panel company going bankrupt as a cautionary tale.
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