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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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