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President Barack Obama Thursday drew repeated applause at a private event at Aurora's Buckley Air Force Base when he called on the country to work toward energy independence, which he called a matter of national security.
Coming on the heels of Colorado Senator Mark Udall's reintroduction of the Energy Security Act, which would boost efforts to power the military with alternative energy, U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus reiterated his commitment to making the military green. In a recent interview with Platts Energy Week, he said that the planes and boats and trucks used to defend the nation are already built and are thirsty to the tune of tens of billions of dollars every year. He said the military needs fuel that works in those engines and is pushing hard to unabashedly "choose winners," as the political turn of phrase puts it, in the domestic fuel business.