May 10, 2011 | 83 comments
The president has talked up natural gas — yet he remains silent about the bipartisan NAT GAS Act.
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This legislation provides a policy blueprint to use clean-burning natural gas in our large fleet vehicles. This is a good first step, but it doesn’t go far enough. The real reductions in oil consumption will be seen when we convert our private use vehicles to natural gas. Even converting just 50% of these private vehicles to natural gas will easily decrease our daily demand for oil by 6 million barrels. That is sufficient to eliminate all of our oil imports from the Middle East.
Shortly after Sullivan’s legislation was introduced, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced amended regulations that make it easier to convert cars and trucks to run on natural gas. The amended regulations apply to clean alternative fuel conversion manufacturers, thereby opening up new fuel supply choices for consumers.
Sullivan’s bipartisan legislation is a tremendous move in the direction of a sensible energy policy. But there is one notable exception to the endorsement of this legislation and the EPA provisions: the President and his “energy Czar.”
Yes, the same President who just gave a speech endorsing the use of natural gas as a fuel is offering no endorsement of HR. 1835. If our President wants to actually develop a true energy policy that decreases our reliance on imported oil, bridges the time between today and the future development of alternative transportation fuels, if the President truly wants to make a difference, he should heartily endorse HR.1835. The President should push the EPA to further eliminate its unwieldy regulations inhibiting vehicle conversion to use natural gas as a transportation fuel. Yet he offers no support for the bill.
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