Driving Clean, Saving Green
Congressmen, thought leaders, industry experts…and natural gas vehicles (NGVs) all convened this morning at the NGVs Take the Hill event. Showcased at this unique gathering were state-of-the-art natural gas fleet vehicles, compact cars, a school bus and even a natural gas fueling station.
T. Boone Pickens lead the charge with his remarks about what will surely be his legacy: America’s energy future and how natural gas is driving the change to cleaner transportation. He applauded Congressman John Sullivan (R-OK), Dan Boren (D-OK), John Larson (D-CT) and Kevin Brady (R-TX) for co-sponsoring the New Alternative Transportation to Give Americans Solutions (NAT GAS) Act of 2011.
“It’s a national security issue more than anything else,” said Rep. Sullivan. “But it is also about the environment, the economy and American jobs.”
That could not be more accurate. Approximately 98 percent of the natural gas we use in this country comes from right here in North America. So, why are we importing more than 10 million barrels of oil each day – much of it from countries whose interests are not aligned with our own? The 154 cosponsors of the NAT GAS Act believe it is time for a change. And shifting our reliance from foreign sources of energy to our own vast domestic supplies of clean natural gas will advance our national security and create clean energy jobs here at home.
Greater adoption of natural gas as a transportation fuel can also significantly improve air quality in communities across the country. Consider this. Transportation accounts for 30 percent of U.S. CO₂emissions and NGVs run 25 percent cleaner than vehicles powered by traditional gasoline or diesel. The energy savings don’t stop there. Converting a single waste truck from diesel to natural gas is the pollution-reduction equivalent of removing as many as 325 cars from the road.
America has to make a change. The solution – natural gas – is the only fuel alternative that can drive that change while increasing energy security, reducing harmful emissions and creating clean energy jobs.