Today, ALPA, A4A, biofuels producers and organizations, farmers and national security organizations sent a letter to leadership of both parties in both chambers of Congress expressing our support for the procurement of advanced biofuels by the U.S. Military.
Military leaders have identified their reliance on fossil fuels as a national security threat. ALPA and the airlines have identified the volatile and high cost of fuel as an impediment to a strong aviation industry. As with many other cutting-edge technologies such as jet engines, the purchasing power of the U.S. Military paved the way for civilian use of these technologies. There are some in Congress who are putting politics ahead of national security and our job security and the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 (NDAA), which funds the Department of Defense (DOD), has been stalled.
Opponents of military procurement of advanced biofuels included language in the NDAA that would prohibit DOD from procuring advanced biofuels. The strong support expressed in this letter by a broad range of industries and organizations sends a clear message to Congressional leaders that the time for political games with our security must end. ALPA will continue to work with our coalition partners to support the Military and our industry.