Here is the best/most pertinent information on CNG- how it is inhibited and what we can do to push it along! Thank you Jerry McDonald, for this outstanding message. This, in parallel with this morning's video from Boone, telling us that Senator Reid is publicly supporting CNG, but needs us to apply more pressure, shows us how critical this moment is. This is the opportunity we have been waiting for! CAN WE CLOSE THE DEAL?! WE MUST all follow through and reach out to our Senators today!
"There is much in the stimulus legislation that does align with the Pickens Plan but there is a sharp departure on the subject of natural gas vehicles, and that fact threatens to derail all our valiant efforts. So far the Congress has not specifically called out support for natural gas powering of heavy trucks and without specific sustenance for infrastructure and vehicle conversion the chance of reducing dependence on foreign oil is impossible.
Let me explain.
There are roughly 4 million diesel freight trucks on America’s roads. If we started converting this truck fleet to natural gas today it would take 10 years at 1,000 trucks per day! At its peak of production in 2006 there were 897,313 mid range to heavy duty trucks sold in the US. If we could convince all truck owners to buy new vehicles we would meet our goal in 5 years but is it practical to ask business to bear the entire replacement cost? If it were these shrewd business owners who KNOW their costs down to the penny would have taken advantage of existing tax credits to make the switch. So obviously something more has to be done. And here is where the stimulus package breaks down.
Boone has the right idea, Congress just isn’t listening. And the irony is Congress could stimulate this fleet to repower itself at virtually no cost. WHAT, stimulus at no cost? Read on and find out how small changes in regulation and shifts in funding would free us from the OPEC tax, stimulate new jobs and clean our air with no incremental cost.
A FAQ compiled by Natural Gas Vehicle for America makes the following abundantly clear:
- Capricious penalties imposed by the EPA scare truckers from choosing natural gas
- Bureaucratic red tape limits the options AND dramatically increases the cost for fuel conversions
- Federal alternative fuel tax incentives are written such that halt migration to an NGV fleet
(NGVAmerica is a national organization dedicated to the development of a growing, sustainable and profitable market for vehicles powered by natural gas or hydrogen. NGVAmerica represents more than 100 companies interested in the promotion and use of natural gas as transportation fuels.)
If you agree with the above, I implore you to appeal to federal legislators for the following:
- Legislation to amend the Federal Energy Policy Act of 2005 to make bi-fuel retrofits eligible for tax credit
- Through their office ask the EPA to place a moratorium on the $5000 per day penalty for operation of vehicles using non-certified natural gas fuel systems
- During the period of the moratorium fund the EPA to expand assistance to manufacturers of natural gas vehicle bi-fuel retrofit and conversion systems seeking certification
By all accounts it will take a ‘moon shot’ effort to unhook us from foreign oil but we can move this mountain one shovel full at a time. Relaxing these regulations doesn’t require sweeping policy changes or billions of dollars and the risk of harm is exponentially outweighed by the potential for good. Good for American security, good for the American economy and good for the environment. " - Jerry
Please call your Senators today. Tell them how urgent it is that CNG be a part of the stimulus package. Please let us know when you call them - Boone is keeping track of how many calls are made. THIS is the moment we have been building for since June when this Plan first came online. THIS is our golden opportunity to get off of foreign oil and become energy independant once and for all!
Best to everyone