As Navy Pays 622% More For Green Fuel, Refueling Of Nuclear Carrier Delayed Due To Fiscal Uncertainties


In what is no doubt intended as an indirect commentary from the military about the possibility of sequester cuts, the fueling and refit of the USS Abraham Lincoln, a nuclear carrier, is being delayed due to fiscal uncertainties:

The U.S. Navy will delay the refueling of the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) for an unknown period because of the uncertain fiscal environment due to the ongoing legislative struggle, the service told Congress in a Friday message obtained by USNI News. Lincoln was scheduled to be moved to Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Newport News Shipyard later this month to begin the 4-year refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH) of the ship.

“This delay is due to uncertainty in the Fiscal Year 2013 appropriations bill, both in the timing and funding level available for the first full year of the contract,” the message said. “CVN-72 will remain at Norfolk Naval Base where the ships force personnel will continue to conduct routine maintenance until sufficient funding is received for the initial execution of the RCOH.”

There’s something to be said about the hurt uncertainty is doing our nation. Whether it’s individuals, business owners or the mighty US military the utter lack of fiscal discipline and responsibility shown by federal government under the leadership of congressional Democrats and President Obama is taking a toll.

You can’t plan for success when there is no certain budget or tax/regulatory environment.

That being said, it’s a little hard to feel sorry for the Navy when it comes to fiscal uncertainty when they’re spending 622% more for “green fuel.”

Regular fuel for the US Navy costs $3.60/gallon for the US Navy according to Reuters (that seems awfully low for aviation fuel, but maybe that’s a bulk rate). But one carrier group is getting fuel that costs 622% more, a whopping $26/gallon, for “green fuel” made from things like algae and chicken fat.

It’s amazing how much resistance there is to budget cuts when it’s so clear that the federal government spends our tax dollars in so many stupid ways.

Our military is being weakened not just because our elected leaders can’t budget like adults, but because we do stupid things like trying to run a navy on chick fat and algae.

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  • Roy_Bean

    And Heidi is all over this, isn’t she? She said she was strong on defense and behind the oil industry. Surely she is working, even as we speak, to remedy this problem, isn’t she? She wouldn’t have lied to us during the campaign, would she?

  • Tom

    Ya, but we can give 20 F16’s and 200 tanks to Egypt!

    • mickey_moussaoui

      As much as I don’t like the F16 deal, these jets are antiques now and pose little threat to Israel and us. Plus Eqyptian pilots are bush league camel jockeys. As for the tanks, well I suspect they didn’t get anything real modern.

      • Hal414

        I believe they are Block 52’s, first delivered in the 1990’s, not at all antiques.

  • igx

    JMO, The government should be doing SOMETHING (maybe not this) for renewable transportation fuel. 90% of the global oil market is controlled by kooks that can’t run their own countries or produce oil that well.

    The other thing is, the renewables and NG can be distributed in a decentralized manor which is good for national security and markets.

    • Kevin Flanagan

      There’s plenty of oil in the USA, but the econuts and elites would rather wear hair shirts than harvest it.

  • Hellboy

    $26.00/gallon for fuel is just INSANE but in keeping with the “green” agenda where “O” wastes 100’s of $millions on solar and wind, it’s not surprising…. The whole of Capitol Hill is also f**king insane. How do we get rid of these morons??? Maybe Thomas Jefferson was right regarding Revolution…..

  • Rebecca Leigh Randolph

    The “green” agenda comes from the politicians, not the military. This issue with the Lincoln is actually a direct result of the Senate not passing a budget since 2009!! The entire military has been operating under CRs which froze spending at the 2009 levels (no inflation added either) and also means that the normal appropriations that would have taken place for this overhaul (it happens halfway through the 50 yr lifetime of the carrier) is also nonexistent.

  • WOOF

    So that was the USS Abraham Lincoln at the BP station.
    “Regular fuel for the US Navy costs $3.60/gallon “

  • leh

    The navy has always been the most pc of the military. This doesn’t suprise me at all.

  • Hal414

    The dismantling of our nation’s defenses has begun to pick up considerable speed.

  • Trent Barkus

    I do not think they are talking about that sort of refueling they are talking about, since they are in-port they do not need any aviation fuel, but rather the overhaul and the refueling that goes into that project,0,2565208,full.story

  • Snarky

    There are lots of places the military could get cheaper stuff. But you like to crawl around on your knees and suck defense industry c**k and pretend that privatizing our military will save money. horses***.

  • Snarky

    Also, the ‘Green Fuel’ is being used in the Pacific fleet and it is Norfolk, VA where the fueling delays are occurring.

  • awfulorv

    Is it wise to announce to the world that a segment of our military has been made inoperable because we haven’t the money to fuel their engines? Or have we, simply, relaxed the rules, under this group of know nothings, and now permit such information to be freely disseminated among our friends, and foes?

    • chad

      It’s absolutely no secret the Lincoln wasn’t going to be available This isn’t a case of “oh, we can’t pay for gas she’s stuck at dock” – this is a 4 year overhaul that right now there’s no more money for. It’s public knowledge (and obvious via satellites anyway – which China, Russia, and every European power has) what carriers are deployed, which ones are in dry dock, and which ones are at the pier getting ready to deploy or getting ready to train. Your outrage is funny. Maybe you should spend sometime reading and studying about that which you are outraged about.