Sunday, October 24, 2010

Peter Corroon on the issues: Natural Gas

Some benefits of Clean Natural Gas (CNG) vehicles vs those that burn gasoline, via the US Department of Energy:

  • Reduces carbon monoxide emissions 90%-97%
  • Reduces carbon dioxide emissions 25%
  • Reduces nitrogen oxide emissions 35%-60%
  • Potentially reduces non-methane hydrocarbon emissions 50%-75%
  • Emits fewer toxic and carcinogenic pollutants
  • Emits little or no particulate matter
  • Eliminates evaporative emissions

Also, from the DoE, some CNG vs Diesel info:

In a study of CNG and diesel United Parcel Service (UPS) delivery trucks, CNG trucks produced 75% lower carbon monoxide emissions, 49% lower nitrogen oxides emissions, and 95% lower particulate matter emissions than diesel trucks of similar age.

CNG is awesome. That is why I'm glad that Peter Corroon has included CNG into his Energy Plan:

  • Positioning Utah on the cutting edge of new automobile technologies by pushing for further expansion of the availability of CN G-fueled vehicles in Utah.
  • Protecting Utahns operating under Utah’s new CNG conversion law from federal EPA interference.
  • Converting more of the state passenger fleet to CNG vehicles, reducing particulate and greenhouse gas emissions by 95 percent and significantly lowering the fuel costs borne by the taxpayers.
  • Aggressively pursuing incentives to continue expanding CNG fueling stations and infrastructure, while including the support of a temporary state-tax moratorium on all CNG fuel purchases.
  • Encouraging development of more efficient natural gas combined cycle power plants. 
  • Providing incentives through utility rebates to encourage the sale of higher-efficiency furnaces.

Reducing emissions make the air we breathe cleaner, and therefore making Utahns healthier.

Also, increasing demand in Natural Gas will create more production jobs. That will have a significant impact in places like Uintah County, Utah's largest Natural Gas producer, where unemployment nearly tripled in 2009 compared to 2008.

Improving the lives of Utahns both financially and physically sounds pretty good to me. That is why I'm excited to vote for Peter Corroon for Utah's Governor.



Saintless said...

2 bird with 1 stone. Nice. Thanks for pointing this out, Bob. Peter Corroon is a great candidate because of all the thought he has put into these things, and tied them together in such an important way. The big picture is what's important.

JM Bell said...

I need a CNG car - or a van. There's a CNG station right next to my house.

Nice post, Bob.