The New Administration’s Policy Should Reflect that Biofuels Cannot Meet Military Needs

Regardless of the energy input (be it fossil fuels, plant oils, or beef fat) both petroleum and biofuels are liquid, occupy the same volume, and must be transported to the point of use. Furthermore, since advanced biofuels and oil are of a comparable energy density, they do not provide any advantage in fuel efficiency or power output. There is no difference to the warfighter—no decrease in convoys and no less cumbersome a logistics requirement. The tether between combat forces and their sources of supply remains intact.

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