We now have proposed legislation by a Democrat and a Republican, Natural Gas for vehicle fuel is finally getting some recognition.
National businessmen such as Boone Pickens are coming out publicly & financially promoting natural gas vehicles as a solution.
Call, email or write your Federal and State Representatives to support these efforts!!!!
EMANUEL ANNOUNCES NEW PROPOSAL TO INCREASE THE USE OF NATURAL GAS AS AN ALTERNATIVE TO PETROLEUM
July 14, 2008
Washington, D.C. - At a press conference in Chicago, Rep. Rahm Emanuel
today announced plans to introduce legislation that will compel
automakers to make 10 percent of their fleet vehicles that run on
natural gas by the year 2018. Emanuel's proposal also includes
incentives and tax credits that will result in the addition of natural
gas pumps at 20,000 fueling stations across the country. The legislation
will be formally introduced later this week.
"This proposal is a hat trick for America: it's good for our
environment, good for our national security and good for drivers who are
suffering at the pump. Natural gas is cheap, green and American-made and
it's time we encouraged the use of natural gas vehicles here in
America," said Emanuel. "American drivers should be able to buy a car
that runs on a cleaner fuel that is currently half the cost of gas.
Developing cars that run on natural gas and making it available at the
gas station or at home will save money for consumers and help end our
dependence on foreign oil."
Emanuel's legislation would compel automakers to make 10% of their fleet
vehicles that run on natural gas by the year 2018. The bill would also
offer new incentives to make natural gas more readily available for
drivers and could enable the construction of natural gas pumps at 20,000
gas stations across the country. The legislation:
* Offers a $90,000 tax credit to encourage gas station owners to install
natural gas fuel pumps.
* Provides $2.6 billion in bonding authority to states to provide no or
low-interest loans to service stations to install natural gas pumps.
* Requires the gas stations owned by the major oil companies to install
at least one natural gas pump in each station by 2018.
* Includes tax credits for drivers who convert their cars to allow them
to run on natural gas and for those Americans who own home "Phill"
units, a simple device that can be installed in a garage that allows
drivers to use their home natural gas line to refuel their car.
Currently, natural gas costs about half of the price of gasoline and
produces approximately one-third less emissions. Additionally, 98% of
the natural gas Americans currently consume is produced in North America
and current estimates indicate that America has a 118 year supply of
"The United States has abundant natural gas reserves," added Emanuel.
"It's time to start making those reserves work for us."
American automakers have the technology to produce vehicles that run on
natural gas. General Motors currently makes four different natural gas
vehicles in Europe and Asia and Ford has previously built natural gas
vehicles that were used in the House of Representatives.
The Emanuel legislation would also create jobs and help offset recent
declines in the SUV and light truck market. Estimates indicate that
increased demand for natural gas powered vehicles and natural gas
production could create 500,000 US energy industry jobs.
Inhofe Introduces Drive America on Natural Gas Act
July 17, 2008
WASHINGTON, DC - Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, today introduced the Drive America on Natural Gas Act to promote the use of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) vehicles. Inhofe also introduced the American Affordable Fuels Act to relieve pain at the pump.
"As Americans continue to suffer from high gas prices, we need to take advantage of our abundant domestic supply of natural gas for use as a transportation fuel," Senator Inhofe said. "The Drive America on Natural Gas Act adds flexibility to the current Renewable Fuels Standard mandates by adding natural gas. It encourages the use of a proven alternative fuel and sends a market signal to manufacturers to consider compressed natural gas as a cost competitive alternative. Natural gas is domestic, plentiful, affordable, and clean. The promise of natural gas as a mainstream transportation fuel is achievable today -- not 15 or 20 years from now.
"Today, the largest hurdle facing the natural gas vehicle industry is the lack of refueling stations available to the public. By encouraging the production of bi-fuel natural gas vehicles, my bill overcomes this key difficulty. Coupled with a home refueling unit (the Phill), consumers will be comfortable purchasing bi-fuel natural gas vehicles knowing that their vehicle can also run on conventional gasoline for that occasional long distance trip from home. Installed in one's garage, the Phill is connected to a home's natural gas line. Once plugged into a CNG vehicle, the Phill slowly compresses natural gas into the car's tank. Similar to the idea of plug-in hybrids, the Phill allows consumers to re-fuel at home. Unlike plug-in hybrids, this technology is not a few years away -- it is here today.
"As the nation's number two producer in natural gas production, Oklahomans have a strong appreciation for the versatility of natural gas. In fact, Oklahoma alone annually produces nearly one-tenth of total U.S. natural gas production.
"Just last month I was pleased to visit Tom Sewall of Tulsa Natural Gas Technologies, Inc. As a small business owner who installs NGV refueling stations, he is one of the most knowledgeable and vocal leaders in this growing industry. In my hometown of Tulsa, OK, a person can refuel their CNG powered cars for just 90 cents per gallon. Regular currently costs $3.95. That's a savings of more than $3 per gallon.
"The Drive America on Natural Gas Act will allow natural gas to compete on its own merits; it does not dictate that consumers, businesses, or states must use natural gas as a transportation fuel. The bill encourages auto manufacturers to produce bi-fuel vehicles, streamlines EPA's emissions certifications, and establishes a natural gas vehicle research program. Americans can ultimately choose whether natural gas powered vehicles are right for their own individual and business needs."
About the Drive America on Natural Gas Act:
Expands RFS Definitions: Expands the definition in the Renewable Fuels Standard to allow the use of CNG and LNG fuels to meet the mandates. By broadening the scope of the Renewable Fuels Standard to include natural gas, we encourage the use of a proven domestic, clean, and economical alternative fuel and also make the current RFS mandates achievable. Additionally, it sends a signal to the nation's automakers and fuels industries that natural gas is a competitive option as a mainstream transportation fuel.
Broadens Alternative Vehicle Tax Credit: Broadens the Alternative Vehicle Tax Credit to include bi-fuel vehicles. Currently only "dedicated" vehicles or vehicles which solely run on natural gas qualify for this credit. This narrow definition actually discourages the sale of bi-fuel vehicles - those which can run on both conventional fuels and natural gas fuels.
Establishes a Natural Gas Vehicle Research, Development, and Demonstration program: Several years ago, the Department of Energy had a robust Natural Gas Vehicle Research Development and Demonstration program. This bill once again establishes that program to research, improve, and develop the use of natural gas engines and vehicles. The program will assist manufacturers in emissions certification, will develop and improve nationally recognized safety codes and standards, will examine and improve the reliability and efficiency of natural gas fueling station infrastructure, and will study the use of natural gas engines in hybrid vehicles. Additionally, it requires the Department of Energy and the EPA to coordinate with the private sector to carry out the program.
Streamlines Emissions Certifications and Regulations: Directs the EPA to establish a state demonstration program to streamline the regulations and certifications currently required for the conversion of vehicles to natural gas. Today's regulatory burdens are daunting for those in the business of converting vehicles to run on CNG or LNG. Currently, EPA imposes virtually the same certification requirements on NGV aftermarket conversion systems as they require on automakers.
Get the Facts on Natural Gas as a Transportation Fuel
Inhofe: Natural gas production essential to Oklahoma and the country - Senator Inhofe, The Journal Record
INHOFE PRAISES PICKENS CALL FOR INCREASING USE OF NATURAL GAS, WIND POWER
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Boone Pickens Video- http://link.brightcove.com/services/link/bcpid1641244028/bclid16418...
Chicago Tribune Article- http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/chi-0714edit1jul14,0,753...
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US Hydrogen Tour Comes To Phoenix To Gateway Community College August 22nd
108 N. 40th Street, Phoenix. For those who have not been there, the campus takes in the entire block between Washington & Van Buren on the East side of 40th Street. Just North of the dog track. The tour is coming down from Las Vegas the night before and will fuel at the APS Hydrogen Park. There will be some 6-10 vehicles which will represent the latest in Hydrogen technology from the major auto manufacturers. The tour will go on display, with vehicles available for ride-and-drive, at Gateway starting at 8:00 AM on Friday the 22nd. For more info Call Bill Sheaffer Phone: 480-314-0360 Executive Director, Valley of the Sun Clean Cities Coalition
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