The Associated Press is reporting that the US Senate Armed Services Committee voted to prevent military spending on alternative energy projects that were more expensive than conventional fuels.
From the article: “The move underscores congressional concern about the greater expense of clean energy sources such as biofuels as the Pentagon wrestles with smaller budgets. The committee, in crafting a sweeping defense budget for next year, also voted to block Pentagon construction of a biofuels refinery or any other facility to refine biofuels.”
US Defense Secretary Leon Pannetta has pushed for the military to be more clean and green in its energy usage, and this would sound like a setback for these goals — but possibly a change in policy would open the door for more research into LENR generated-energy which holds out the promise of much cheaper costs than traditional fuels.
We know that Rossi has said his first customer is a military one, but he has never specified which military that is. The US Navy has reported success with LENR experimentation in the past, but recently it has been reported that The Navy’s Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center (SPAWAR) has ceased work in this area. Maybe new restrictions will stimulate more cold fusion research in the US military.