Conaway Amendments Eliminating DoD Biofuel Requirements Are Approved
Rep. K. Michael Conaway (R-TX) issued the following statement on approval of his amendments eliminating biofuel requirements to the FY2015 National Defense Authorization Act:
“Today the House Armed Services Committee approved several amendments that I offered to FY2015 National Defense Authorization Act that would eliminate requirements that the Department of Defense purchase biofuels or develop its own biofuels.
“It is foolish to require the military to purchase biofuels that are far more expensive than traditional petroleum products, which is why I offered an amendment that would allow the Department of Defense to only produce and procure biofuels if the cost is equal to conventional fuels or sequestration is replaced with an exemption for research and development.
“I also offered an amendment that would prohibit the Department of Defense from developing their own biofuel refineries. Allowing the Pentagon to subsidize and develop its own biofuels industry is an abuse of the Defense Production Act.
“These amendments are necessary at a time when our military is already facing enormous budget constraints.
“It is not the job of the Department of Defense to develop the biofuel industry. As the bill moves forward, I will continue to fight to reverse these efforts to use the Department of Defense to prop up the biofuels industry.”