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growing demand for fossil fuels
and the effects of global warming,
where the competition for energy
and the human impact of environmental change could lead to instability and the collapse of fragile
“All sorts of bad things can
happen” that would be “a recipe
for more missions” for Sailors and
Marines, he said.
McGinn also noted the spread
of the alternative energy drive
among U.S. allies and partners,
citing a planned at-sea refueling
of a Navy warship with biofuel
from an Italian tanker and the U.S.
Navy’s offer of biofuel samples
to many of the navies that will
be cooperating in this summer’s
Rim of the Pacific exercise off of
McGinn predicted the Navy
Department will meet Mabus’ goal
of 50 percent alternative energy use
by 2020 and said the department
also is working on creating “
micro-grid” energy systems that can help
shore bases retain power during
failures of the national grid.
The Navy’s energy efficiency
efforts were endorsed by two panelists, with Phyllis Cuttino, director
of the clean energy initiative of the
Pew Charitable Trust, praising the
Navy for leading in the drive, while
the two other military departments
were working to catch up.
McGinn and the panelists said
there appears to be a lessening of
the intense political opposition in
Congress to the Navy’s program, and
rapidly growing adaption of similar
practices in private industry.
Foxx Designates Three
Marine Highway Projects
U.S. Transportation Secretary
Anthony Foxx has designated three
new Marine Highway Projects,
the Department of Transportation
announced April 8.
The Mississippi River, previously
designated as the M- 55, will serve
as the primary route for the Baton
Rouge-New Orleans Shuttle project. Sponsored by the Port of New
Orleans, in partnership with the
Port of Greater Baton Rouge and
SEACOR AMH LLC, the proposed
container-on-barge service will
operate between the ports of Greater
Baton Rouge and New Orleans,
reducing congestion and bridge
traffic on Louisiana’s Interstate 10.
Also operating along the M- 55
from Chicago to New Orleans, the
Gas Turbine System Technician (Mechanical) 3rd Class Shalen Shivers tests new biofuel during an underway replenishment aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS William P. Lawrence Jan. 26 in the Pacific Ocean. William P. Lawrence,
assigned to the John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group, is part of the Great Green Fleet, a year-long initiative highlighting
the Department of the Navy’s efforts to transform its energy use to increase operational capability.