Thursday, April 2, 2009

H.R. 1835: NAT GAS Act

House Resolution 1835, the New Alternative Transportation to Give Americans Solutions (NAT GAS) Act was introduced today by Congressmen Dan Boren, John Larson, and John Sullivan. The proposed act creates incentives for the adoption of natural gas for motor vehicles.

The act was a result of lobbying by T. Boone Pickens, who released a statement that included the following comments:

"America`s national and economic security depends on moving off foreign oil as quickly as possible. Natural gas is the cleanest, most abundant, most economical domestic fuel to replace imported diesel. The U.S. has enough natural gas reserves to last us more than 118 years-we should turn to it as an immediate replacement for foreign oil in fleets and heavy duty vehicles. A battery can`t move an 18-wheeler-the technology isnt there yet. Natural gas buys us a bridge to the future.

"The NAT GAS Act will provide the immediate incentives and long-term stability for companies to seriously move from imported diesel and gasoline to domestic natural gas. Last month, AT&T announced a program to replace 8,000 vehicles - one fifth of its fleet - to run on natural gas. I know that this legislation will motivate many others, from major corporations and municipalities operating fleets to individual owner-operators, to choose a truly American fuel at the pump."

This is a huge step in the right direction. In my opinion, moving to a natural gas standard for vehicles is absolutely necessary for the future of this nation. It is a domestic fuel that is cleaner and less costly that oil.

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