T. Boone Pickens has presented the Pickens Plan which promotes wind power as a replacement for natural gas powered electrical generation plants. The plan then proposes to use the saved domestically produced natural gas to create CNG (compressed natural gas) powered cars and trucks instead of using imported oil.
Natural Gas is a Natural for Powering Our Cars.
Primary Reference: Pickens Plan
- We will be using domestically produced energy to power our cars rather than primarily imported oil.
- It would significantly reduce our trade deficit.
- CNG powered vehicles emit less pollution than their equivalents powered by gasoline or diesel.
- CNG vehicles emit 23% less greenhouse gases than diesel and 30% less than gasoline.
- It is known technology. There are currently 150,000 vehicles currently powered by natural gas operating in the United States. Honda already sells the natural gas powered Civic GX.
- CNG costs less per equivalent gallon than gasoline or diesel.
- Current domestic natural gas reserves are twice that of oil reserves. New discoveries of natural gas and development of biogas will add to the reserves. Some experts estimate that the amount of U.S. natural gas reserves could be as high as 100 times our current usage.
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Natural gas powered vehicles .
Primary Reference: USAToday
- CNG powered vehicles don't help enough for the cost. Even if the $1 Trillion ($8,780 per U.S. Family) Pickens Plan was implemented, they are only claiming to replace 38% of imported oil.
- The cost to convert a car to run on CNG is too expensive. The estimated cost of existing kits run between $3,700 and $5,500.
- There are very few service stations currently equipped to sell CNG. They would have to spend billions of dollars to construct new pumps and storage facilities.
- T. Boone Pickens has a vested interested in adoption of his plan. He is founder of CNG provider, Clean Energy Fuels Corp. and wind energy provider, Mesa Power.
- With the improvements in gasoline and diesel engines, CNG has only a small advantage in terms of reduced emissions. Not enough justify a public subsidy. Any subsidies should go to true "renewable" sources.
- If CNG became popular, it is very possible that the cost advantage over gasoline and diesel would disappear.
- CNG requires four times the amount of fuel storage space as a comparable amount of gasoline.. Consequently, most CNG vehicles have much larger fuel tanks but yet have a much lower mileage range than equivalent gasoline vehicles.
- CNG typically is stored in pressurized 3,600 psi tanks. Due to the potential for leaks at this pressure, some have made a recommendation that CNG vehicles not be parked indoors.
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