An amendment has been submitted to the Fiscal Year 2007     Department of Defense authorization bill that would increase the use of alternative fuels in the military. House Democratic Whip Hoyer stresses the fact America is forced to take into account the price of oil when making national security decisions. The Department of Defense is the largest single buyer of fuel in America, and any move towards alternative fuels should have a significant impact. The Department of Defense should be able to bridge the gap between innovative research and practical application in the area of alternative fuels, an effort that would bring rewards to all of the United States. The $300 million in funding would be cut from $9.1 billion in proposed ballistic missile defense programs. How about we cut a slightly more generous portion for alternative fuels, and invest in a few less ballistic missiles?
[Source: Southern Maryland Online]

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