Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) is coming under fire for hypocrisy from supporters of a Navy biofuels testing program for opposing the initiative after wresting earmarks for a similar effort a decade ago.
Inhofe has accused the Navy of wasting taxpayer money by paying $26 per gallon for biofuel used in the Navy’s “Great Green Fleet” program.
Critics of Inhofe’s position say the Republican senator was for the program before he was against it — as long as it benefited his state.
They note that Inhofe secured a $2.3 million defense contract for Tulsa, Okla.-based Syntroleum Corp. in 2006 so that the company could test a $22-per-gallon liquid natural-gas jet fuel for B-52s at Tinker Air Force Base in Tulsa. In today’s dollars, that fuel would cost $25 per gallon.