Secretaries Ask for Continued Commitment to Defense Production Act
(NAFB)--As Congressional appropriators put the final touches on spending bills for the remainder of the 2014 fiscal year - the Secretaries of Agriculture, Defense and Energy are asking Congress to authorize the Energy Department to contribute a portion of funds to the Defense Department for the development of advanced biofuels. In a letter to Senate Appropriations Chair Barbara Mikulski, House Appropriations Chair Harold Rogers, Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy Chair Dianne Feinstein and House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy Chair Mike Simpson - Secretary Tom Vilsack, Secretary Chuck Hagel and Secretary Ernest Moniz state support for the Defense Production Act biofuels efforts. The project works with the private sector to accelerate the development of cost-competitive advanced alternative fuels for both the military and commercial transportation sectors. The Secretaries urge the lawmakers to continue the commitment to these efforts by supporting the FY 2014 President’s Budget Request to provide transfer authority for the Secretary of Energy for activities pursuant to Title II of the Defense Production Act and to provide the requested funding. They write that America needs a diversified, balanced portfolio of energy options and suggest that an enduring strategy to increase energy efficiency and develop a competitive domestic renewable fuels industry will help strengthen national security, lower costs for consumers and reduce environmental impacts. By supporting the efforts of USDA, Defense and the Department of Energy - Vilsack, Hagel and Moniz say Congress is poised to advance a commercial industry with the potential to strengthen national security and build a domestic industry that will help diversify the nation’s fuel supplies. They conclude that catalyzing a domestic capability to produce cost-competitive, commercial-scale renewable fuels is an investment in the nation’s energy, economic and environmental security.