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21 Jan 10. The Department of the Navy (DoN) today announced it signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to encourage the development of advanced bio-fuels and other renewable energy systems. “This agreement is part of President Obama’s vision of a coordinated federal effort to build a clean energy economy, create new jobs and reduce our dependence on foreign oil,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “USDA looks forward to working with the Navy and other public and private partners to advance the production of renewable energy by sharing technical, program management and financial expertise.” Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus emphasized how partnering with USDA supports his vision for energy reform. Mabus’ overarching goal is to increase warfighting capability. “In order to secure the strategic energy future of the United States, create a more nimble and effective fighting force, and protect our planet from destabilizing climate changes, I have committed the Navy and Marine Corps to meet aggressive energy targets that go far beyond previous measures.” The MOU complements USDA and the Navy and Marine Corps’ existing renewable energy programs and efforts. USDA has a variety of programs and services that support renewable energy development, the establishment and production of crops for conversion to bio-energy, and a bio-energy research program focused on developing new varieties and hybrids of bio-energy feed stocks. The parties will work together to support President Obama’s initiative to make the United States a global leader in developing a renewable energy economy, reducing energy consumption derived from fossil fuels, and increasing energy production from renewable energy sources.
21 jan 10. U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Department of Navy to Formalize Energy Partnership. The Secretary of Agriculture Thomas Vilsack and Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus will be signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) at the Pentagon Jan. 21, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. EST. The MOU will serve as an agreement that both parties will work together to support President Obama’s initiative to reduce energy consumption derived from fossil fuels, and increase energy production from renewable energy sources. A U.S. Marine Corps Light Armored Vehicle (LAV) will be on display during the event emphasizing Mabus’ overarching goal for energy reform to increase warfighting capability. The military is testing biofuel blends for use in aircraft, surface ships and tactical vehicles like the LAV. Together the Department of the Navy and the Department of Agriculture will explore biofuel technologies to meet both commercial and military transportation needs.