U.S. Navy Secretary Promises Greener Fleet Using 50% Less Fossil Fuels by 2020

SAN DIEGO, Oct. 23 (UPI) — U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus promises a greener fleet using 50 percent less fossil fuel by 2020.

In a speech Wednesday to the San Diego Military Advisory Council, Mabus said even Navy planes may soon run on fuel produced from biological sources, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported. He said the China Lake Naval Weapons Station in California already relies on geothermal energy, using only 5 percent of what it produces.

Mabus said fuel efficiency will be the goal on land and at sea as well as in the air. Specific plans include a strike force of nuclear-powered vessels by 2016, switching to hybrids and electric vehicles for cars and trucks and using renewable energy sources for bases.

“If the Navy has a demand for it, the technology will come,” he said.

The Navy is turning to the ocean for biofuel, with a plan to convert marine algae. The F/A-18 Hornet, which runs on biofuel, is scheduled to be part of a carrier wing within three years and to become a standard fighter by 2016.

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