7/8 – Searching For Savings, PA Drivers Turn To Natural Gas
Sunday, July 8th 2012
From State Impact:
“If a shopper was weighing whether or not to buy a natural gas-fueled car, the top item on the “pro” side would without a doubt be the cost of fuel: right now the gallon-equivalent of compressed natural gas costs less than half as much as a gallon of gasoline.
That is, if you can find a place to fill up. Because the top “con” would be the fact there are only a dozen publicly-accessible natural gas fueling stations in Pennsylvania. That $1.75-a-gallon price tag doesn’t look so great when you’re stranded on the side of the Turnpike with an empty fuel tank.
The Corbett Administration has made expanding the number of natural gas-fueled vehicles on Pennsylvania roads a priority, and is preparing to spend $20 million on the effort over the next three years. Governor Corbett’s motivations are three-fold: natural gas-run vehicles release far fewer emissions into the air than gasoline or diesel cars and trucks; they’re also a step, he argues, in the direction of American energy independence.”
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