The Senate markup of the 2013 National Defense Appropriations Act late last month dealt a grave blow to the liberal green agenda that has taken hold of the Defense Department.

Like the version of the bill that passed the Republican-controlled House, the Senate version censures military plans to invest heavily in costly biofuels to power ships and aircraft.

In recent months, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Navy Secretary Ray Mabus have made no secret of their intentions to support the infant biofuels industry, using the alternative fuels at the rate of $26 a gallon to power a “Great Green Fleet” intended to launch for training this summer and deploy in 2016.