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US DoD Addicated To Oil - What To Do?  
User currently offlinetommytoyz From Tonga, joined Jan 2007, 1353 posts, RR: 6
Posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 4452 times:

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-0...ay-snarl-efforts-to-trim-490b.html

This is not sustainable. And imagine if there is a conflict with an oil producing state, the DoD will be just as vulnerable as anyone else to being crimped. Isn't this the DoD's most pressing threat?

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User currently offlinekanban From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 3502 posts, RR: 27
Reply 1, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 4450 times:
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Wonder if they figured in 2000 fuel guzzling F-35's? It's time to consolidate, ground non essential flying, and put 50% of everything in mothballs.

User currently offlineZANL188 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 3519 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 4438 times:
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Quoting tommytoyz (Thread starter):
And imagine if there is a conflict with an oil producing state, the DoD will be just as vulnerable as anyone else to being crimped.

DoD will only be crimped if the administration decides not to tap the strategic reserve. This is exactly the scenario for the which the reserve was created.



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User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29795 posts, RR: 58
Reply 3, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 4309 times:

Dodd has been working on alternative fuels for years now..

A lot of ethanol technology that is coming out was originally funded by DARPA



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User currently offlinemayor From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 10395 posts, RR: 14
Reply 4, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 4248 times:

Quoting L-188 (Reply 3):
Dodd has been working on alternative fuels for years now..

Exactly.......I saw the other day where the USN is going to start using biofuels.



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User currently offlinecmb56 From United States of America, joined Dec 2009, 231 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 3967 times:

The price of fuel in the everyday peacetime economy is going to impact everyone. The first places you will feel it are at the pump and the grocery store.
The DOD pays for nothing, Congress writes the check on our behalf and covers it with borrowed money. The taxpayer is left with the final bill. By taxpayer I mean those folks who actually pay taxes.
In a war situation the answer is gas rationing. If the effort is important enough the DOD is first at the pump. Average Joe gets what's left.


User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29795 posts, RR: 58
Reply 6, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 3918 times:

When the us went into WWII, there was an extensive rationing program in the country.

Believe it or not the item people complained the most about being rationed was gas.



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User currently offlineVenus6971 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 1442 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 3866 times:

There was a plan to build at Malstrom AFB a refinery to turn coal into jet fuel, I wonder if that is still planning or wishing phase.


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User currently offlinetommytoyz From Tonga, joined Jan 2007, 1353 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 3826 times:

Quoting Venus6971 (Reply 7):
There was a plan to build at Malstrom AFB a refinery to turn coal into jet fuel, I wonder if that is still planning or wishing phase.

The Germans did this in WWII extensively, as their access to oil fields was cut off. Certainly technology and ideas have moved forward since then? Whatever the case may be, this is the Achilles heal of the US military. Without oil supply, it can only operate so long. The US economy would be ruined as well.

It would be in everyone's interest for the US DoD to get off oil, as they're the world's largest consumer and operate as a dictatorship from the top down. They could easily give the order and divert resources to develop permanent alternative fuels for their weapons. Algae, Bacteria, Electric, Solar - a whole variety of domestic sources. The entire US economy would benefit as well, by sharing the new technologies with US companies.

Here is an area where the US DoD could do some real good, IMHO.


User currently offlinejwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 18
Reply 9, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 3733 times:

Quoting tommytoyz (Reply 8):
Whatever the case may be, this is the Achilles heal of the US military. Without oil supply, it can only operate so long. The US economy would be ruined as well.

And the only reason they're vulnerable is because the US political leadership has crippled the US oil production industry, leaving a country that could more than care for its own need a net importer of over 60% of its requirements.

Quoting tommytoyz (Reply 8):
They could easily give the order and divert resources to develop permanent alternative fuels for their weapons.

Uh, you're a tad misguided (ok, utterly nonsensical is a better word). "Just give the order" doesn't work in the real world.
Not only is there no viable alternative, even if there was it'd require massive rework of all the engines and everything else that now uses oil based products (lubricants, plastics, etc. etc.).

And there is indeed no viable alternative. "biofuels" just don't work. Not only is the area that'd need to be commited to the production massive (one estimate I've seen said that ALL the woodlands and badlands in the US would need to be converted into grain fields, as well as the entire existing agricultural area of the US, just to meet the fuel demand of the US as it existed 10-15 years ago, and that was a conservative estimate), but the energy density of the fuel produced is a lot lower than that of current fuels so performance of any vehicle using it would go down dramatically.
An jet fighter thus fueled would have its speed and agility decreased by like 20-30%, not a good thing...



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User currently offlinetommytoyz From Tonga, joined Jan 2007, 1353 posts, RR: 6
Reply 10, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 3719 times:

Quoting jwenting (Reply 9):
Not only is there no viable alternative, even if there was it'd require massive rework of all the engines and everything else that now uses oil based products (lubricants, plastics, etc. etc.).

I do not agree about your "no viable alternative" thinking. What happens when we run out of hydrocarbons from the ground? Go back to the stone ages? Your thinking of biofuels is rooted in grains, sugars and crops. That indeed not viable - I agree on that. I agree with your reasoning too, spot on.

But there are other ways to get hydrocarbon biofuels. Bacterial and Algae that grow and produce hydrocarbons taken from the atmosphere, making them hydrocarbon cycle neutral and needing far less acreage to do so than crops. Think of 10 story vertical tunbes with the stuff - or higher, producing Biofuels. The USAF has already flown a B-52 on Biofuels. So have several airlines like LH, VS and others. LH will operate a commercial line in Germany in 2012, I think STR/HAM all this year solely on it as well.

The US DoD can do things private enterprises would never do or take forever to do. That's basically what I meant by "giving the order". For once, this technology would be very useful to everyone. The US DoD can be very productive at times, like with the GPS satellite system.

Here is another such opportunity, IMHO and it would be self serving as well. Imaginf what this would do for the economy and security. we could abandon patrols in the Gulf as we would not have any interest there anymore as well. It would also take enormous revenue away from Iran, etc...


User currently offlinecmf From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 3688 times:

Quoting jwenting (Reply 9):
but the energy density of the fuel produced is a lot lower than that of current fuels so performance of any vehicle using it would go down dramatically.
An jet fighter thus fueled would have its speed and agility decreased by like 20-30%, not a good thing...

Lufthansa stated the biofuel they used in the burnFAIR project had higher energy density.


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