Montana’s U.S. Sens. Max Baucus and Jon Tester are urging Congress not to use the National Defense Authorization Act to undermine military efforts to cut dependence on foreign oil. 

At the request of military commanders, Baucus and Tester have been pushing for years to expand the military’s ability to purchase American-made fuels such as biofuel made from Montana-grown camelina. Baucus and Tester warn that provisions slipped into the Defense Authorization bill limiting the military’s ability to purchase American-made fuel could harm national security, limit military readiness and hamper Montana energy jobs.   

“Smart investments in home-grown energy sources grow our economy and increase our energy independence,” Tester said.