Obama's Navy Pick Strengthens Green Energy Efforts

By Dietrich Knauth (July 10, 2013, 8:17 PM EDT) -- President Barack Obama has nominated the leader of the American Council on Renewable Energy to oversee the U.S. Navy's energy efficiency efforts, and experts say the nomination indicates strong support for military energy policies, including investment in biofuels, that have triggered backlash among congressional Republicans.

The White House announced its nomination of retired Vice Adm. Dennis McGinn to serve as assistant secretary of the Navy for energy, installations and environment on Monday. As the president and CEO of ACORE since 2011, McGinn has worked to promote the use of renewable energy in the U.S. 

Although he is coming from an advocacy...

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