The Department of Defense: Reducing Its Reliance on Fossil-Based Aviation Fuel - Issues for Congress
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE
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As the largest single consumer of fuel in the United States, the Department of Defense DOD has the potential to make important contributions to the national effort to reduce the use of and reliance on fossil fuel. Aviation fuel makes up the largest portion of fossil fuel consumed by DOD and therefore represents the area of greatest potential energy savings. This report examines DODs use of aviation fuel and possibilities to reduce that use by examining related issues and presenting options Congress may choose to consider. DOD has publicly expressed its intention to devote resources to this issue Air Force leadership has stated a goal of using domestically produced synthetic fuel for half of its domestic aviation fuel by 2016. At the present time, however, DOD does not seem to have a comprehensive long-term energy strategy or centralized leadership focused on energy issues for the department. This may affect the department s ability to achieve its long-term energy goals. This report will not be updated.
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