U.S. Air Force, Navy step up use of jet biofuels

09/26/2011 | National Public Radio

The U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Navy are collaborating with the departments of Agriculture and Energy to build biofuel refineries and expand the use of jet biofuels in order to reduce the agencies' reliance on imported oil. The USDA is giving away incentives to encourage farmers to grow camelina, a weed-like plant that can be grown on uncultivated wheat fields; fuel made from the plant is being used to fuel the C-130 cargo plane at Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene, Texas. Commercial airlines also want to use biofuels for their planes, but the high investment cost keeps them from making the switch.

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