Last week U.S. President Obama addressed the nation on the oil catastrophe resulting from the April 20 explosion of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. NGVAmerica, joining 13 other national, regional and local organizations, took the opportunity to urge the President and the country to develop a comprehensive clean energy plan that would accelerate the use of alternatively fueled vehicles.
The joint press release notes: “The good news is that the U.S. can virtually eliminate the use of petroleum in our passenger cars by 2050 with the right combination of policies, research and assistance to commercialize a portfolio of vehicle and fuel technologies. Efficiency, bio-fuels, natural gas, battery electric and fuel cell electric vehicles will all make a contribution. With American engineering skill and with committed and focused leadership from our government, we can, and indeed we must, build a clean energy economy.”
The findings are based on research done by the National Academies of Science and various private organizations. The other co-signers were the Breakthrough Technologies Institute Inc., California Hydrogen Business Council, Clean Air Now, Coalition for Clean Air, Connecticut Hydrogen Fuel Cell Coalition, Electric Drive Transportation Association, Energy Independence Now, Environmental and Energy Study Institute, National Hydrogen Association, Renewable Fuels Association, South Carolina Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Alliance; Strategic, Energy, Environmental and Transportation Alternatives; and the U.S. Fuel Cell Council.
A copy of the press release is posted in the Media section at www.ngvamerica.org.