Seeing natural gas fueling public buses of Southern California and expanding to the commercial trucking fleets of businesses like Coca Cola, makes me wonder why this transition to cleaner natural gas power is not being applied to the general public. The recent record increases in gasoline prices across the United States are occurring when the transition to natural gas systems for consumer automobiles seems to have been put on the back burner.
While hybrid and electric car technologies are currently available and/or being developed and more extensive use of biofuels is on the horizon – the benefits, savings and emissions reductions of natural gas could be realized now. According to energy analyst Frank Curzio, natural gas is implemented as an option to the mass market cars in Europe and Asia, but not in the United States (Growth Stock Wire, 2012). Ronnie Oldham, owner of CleanFuel Conversions (located in Austin, Texas), converts cars to run on natural gas. It only took Oldham $5,000 to convert his own car to natural gas power. Natural gas costs him about $1.90 per gallon at a local natural gas filling station compared to the local gasoline stations charging twice as much per gallon for gasoline. Oldham believes in the near future the entire nation will be running on this cleaner alternative to gasoline.
Since the U.S. has tremendous natural gas reserves (much of it untapped), this can help reduce our exposure to skyrocketing gasoline and oil prices and market fluctuations created by oil market speculators, government conflicts, and accidents (refinery fires and spills), while also reducing our dependence on foreign petroleum regulated by OPEC and other foreign suppliers.
additional source: statesman.com