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Natural gas vehicles would cut oil imports
By T. Boone Pickens
And Sen. Orrin Hatch
By T. Boone Pickens And Orrin Hatch
Updated: 10/14/2009 04:39:57 PM MDT

Utah is noted for its clear skies, the Colorado Plateau, the Rocky Mountains, the Great Basin and the Great Salt Lake. Much of Utah is sparsely populated, but in the population centers, air pollution was becoming a serious problem. And the problem resulted from the fuel used to run cars, trucks and buses.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, "about half of all air pollution and more than 80 percent of air pollution in cities are produced by cars and trucks in the United States."

We have been in and around legislatures long enough to know that it is rare that a problem gets fixed in one bill. The CLEAR Act, adopted as part of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, provided for tax incentives to people and companies which purchased vehicles powered by any of the following: hybrid-electric, battery-electric, natural gas, or fuel cells. It also contained a federal tax credit for commercial alternative fuel refueling sites.

The CLEAR Act took three tries to get through. It was a good start and it had some of the desired effects. But it did not have the effect of jumpstarting the move to natural gas as a major transportation fuel.

The introduction on July 8 of the NAT GAS Act -- Senate Bill 1408 -- will provide the extra push needed to spur greater use of natural gas and to get more natural gas vehicles on our roads. A companion bill in the U.S. House of Representatives has nearly 90 co-sponsors representing both parties.