(By dvidshub.net)

Ships and aircraft in the next Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise could be running on biofuels, and they won’t even need to know it, according to speakers at an Alternative Fuels Overview briefing here for RIMPAC 2014 participants.

The briefing drew over 40 officers and officials from seven nations – Australia, Brunei, Chile, Colombia, Japan, Mexico and the United States.

Joelle Simonpietri, U.S. Pacific Command’s operational manager for energy and contingency basing, spelled out the need to develop alternative fuels in order to reduce a major driver of conflict. This is especially true in the Pacific, which has the world’s largest energy demand and lowest fossil energy resources; where the “tyranny of distance” is most acute, and everything must travel long distances.

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