While American politicians seem unable to craft a meaningful energy policy — witness the breathtakingly stupid decision last week by House Republicans and a few Democrats to vote against energy-efficiency standards for lightbulbs — the U.S. Navy is rising to the challenge again. By 2016 the Navy plans to organize and sail a "Great Green Fleet" that will include nuclear vessels, hybrid electric ships and aircraft powered by biofuels. Just like its conventional counterpart more than a century ago, the Great Green Fleet will put the world on notice that the U.S. can indeed lead on energy — at least when it comes to the Navy and the military.
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