Governors of the states of Pennsylvania, Colorado, Oklahoma and Wyoming have signed a MOU that offers encouragement to U.S. auto manufacturers to develop new natural gas-powered vehicles. The states have agreed to work toward switching their vehicle fleets to cleaner burning natural gas. They will also develop a joint request for proposal to the auto industry to combine the four states’ future vehicle purchases, which will help to increase demand for such vehicles in the marketplace.
“Natural gas has created tens of thousands of jobs in Pennsylvania and can create hundreds of thousands more in this country once we’ve developed the right infrastructure,” said Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett. “I am pleased to work with Governors Hickenlooper, Fallin and Mead to improve our nation’s energy security.”
The memorandum notes the four governors’ concern that more than 60 percent of the nation’s oil, a majority of which is used as transportation fuel, is imported. As a result, the transportation sector is at constant risk from market volatility, supply shortages and geopolitical uncertainties.
The agreement includes working together to promote cost parity for consumers seeking to purchase natural gas vehicles by aggregating their states’ purchases of vehicles.
(This article compiled using information from a Tom Corbett, Governor press release)