"Today the president articulated the national security and economic threats associated with our escalating dependence on foreign oil. With the increasing price of gasoline, natural gas is an important domestic fuel at our disposal that can replace foreign oil to power heavy-duty fleet vehicles. Converting heavy-duty trucks and high-fuel use commercial fleet vehicles to natural gas can reduce our OPEC dependence now while we wait for technology to power the vehicles of tomorrow. It is clear President Obama is committed to weaning America off Middle Eastern oil, securing our own energy future and recognizes the role natural gas can play as a domestic transportation fuel. Recent unrest in the Middle East underscores the need to take action now and I'm encouraged by the president's promise to secure America's energy future and national security by reducing our dependence on OPEC oil."
A bill with part of the Pickens Plan is expected to be introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives next week with bipartisan support.
<<Mitch McConnel stopped it twice already..Repub's protection someone.>>
Get your facts straight Hisstek. There was never any attempt by the Dems to bring the Nat Gas bills, HR 1835 in the House and S. 1408 in the Senate, to the floor for a vote during the first two years of Obama's Presidency, Instead, there was the Pelosi supported Waxman-Markey cap and trade bill that was passed in the House and not the Senate, HR 2454, which hammered natural gas as a dirty fossil fuel polluter while giving pollution credits to coal. There were other bills considered like Sen Kerry's American Power Act, which was cap and trade lite.
There were some bills that included incentives for nat gas in transportation, among other things, but they came with so much regulation and other undesirable stuff that ANGA, America's Natural Gas Alliance, did not support them. The only bills that ANGA has supported are the nat gas acts we are talking about now, HR 1835 and S. 1408. This will be the first time the House or Senate is bringing up the nat gas act for a vote.