posted on Oct, 2 2012 @ 12:01 PM
reply to post by jacknast76
Scale is always the problem. People look at how much it costs to produce a small number of something, and don't realize that bigger really is
Prime examples, the B-2 and the F-22. The B-2 was a planned buy of something like 200 aircraft. If they had bought all 200, the price would have
been at most a couple hundred million. I don't think it was even that high. But by only buying 21 of them, the price was closer to a billion
dollars a copy.
The F-22 would have been about $200-250M a copy at most if they had gone through with the planned buy. Instead they were over $400M a copy.
It's going to be the same with biofuels. The more they buy, the cheaper it will be, because the companies involved can get their R&D money back
faster, and start showing a profit that much sooner. Except that Congress won't let them buy until they get the price down. As one Congressional
member said, during the testimony of SECNAV about biofuels, he is the Secretary of the Navy, not the Secretary of Energy, so he needs to worry about
the Navy, not new energy sources.