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Defense Bills Seek to Protect U.S. Energy at Base in Germany

Congress may be moving toward reinstating a protected market for U.S. energy companies at a huge Army base in Germany -- an echo of a bygone earmark that cost the government an estimated $2 billion-plus over the last half century.
Nebraska Republican Don Bacon, the author of the authorization bill provision, says he's interested in making sure the U.S. military facility in Germany is not dependent on Russian gas.
From 1961 until 2015, appropriators [SIC] required to one degree or another that U.S. bases abroad be powered by Pennsylvania's anthracite coal. The Buy America energy directive [SIC] applied to all European bases until it was narrowed in the early 1990s to cover only energy that powered a base in Kaiserslautern, Germany, according to a history of the issue by Taxpayers for Common Sense.
The language would require the Pentagon to give preference to U.S. energy sources, including but not limited to coal, in powering a nearly $1 billion hospital being built near Kaiserslautern.
As I mentioned, the concept of sovereignty is not well understood.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Jun 14th, 2018 at 08:12:35 PM EST
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