Thursday, March 26, 2009

Shreveport's New CNG Buses

In a win-win-win situation, the City of Shreveport announced that it will purchase five new compressed natural gas buses using federal stimulus money (article). This is a big step in the right direction. Shreveport has the opportunity to show the world that natural gas isn't just for power plants and industrial uses. It is cleaner and cheaper and can be used in many, many different ways. The fact that Shreveport is the closest city to the Haynesville Shale also factored into the city's decision.

The project will also include a CNG refueling station and worker training. To me it's a great way to use federal stimulus dollars. Shreveport is putting the money to work quickly and employing it on a greener technology. The stimulus package isn't perfect but it's first purpose is to get money flowing through the economy and its second purpose is to use it for more progressive purposes. This is win-win-win to me.

Other cities in the region are following this lead, including Fort Worth, Baton Rouge and Birmingham. Groups like CNG NOW and the Pickens Plan are calling for the use of natural gas in automobiles, which might take many years to accomplish. But a good first step is for municipalities to begin the adoption of this technology and start building infrastructure to support it.

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