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“Uncle Sam’s” Natural Gas Fueling Stations – DoE, It’s Time to Do Something That Works Now

August 12, 2010

As part of the ARRA of 2009 (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act), the U.S. Government should have set aside let’s say, $15 billion for the design, build, financing and operations of Natural Gas Fueling Stations for vehicles.  That amount of dollars could provide about 10,000 reasonably sized refueling stations nationwide at a cost of $1.5 million each (on the high side of the cost for a natural gas fueling station). If you take the 50 biggest cities in the U.S. from Albuquerque, NM to Wichita, KS, this would have provided on the average 200 Natural Gas Fueling Stations per city. Call them “Uncle Sam’s” Station, but the point is that those stations would, without exception, provide a significant stimulus for private and public vehicle and fleet owners to convert their diesel or petroleum combustion engine over to natural gas, which burns cleaner in terms of greenhouse gas emissions. Additionally, jobs would be created from civil engineers, architects  and city planners to general contractors, construction workers and daily employees to operate and maintain the stations. Natural gas could be as low as $1.10, at the pump, at today’s commodity price of about $3.57 MMBtu. Even at a relatively high price of $6.00 MMBtu for natural gas, at the pump price may only be about $1.80 on the high side.  An obvious savings for the vehicle owners.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. August 12, 2010 9:17 PM

    Barry, thanks for bringing up the benefits of natural gas with respect to transportation. It definitely has enormous economic and environmental potential vs. the combustion of gasoline from imported oil.

  2. August 13, 2010 12:19 AM

    Here comes the sun!

    Barry, as said von former threads, evey Penny spent on natural gas will be lost and is useless, as “natural” gas is a fossil fuel and will stay to be one. We should not harvest things, which were created by nature inside the earth in million of years.

    Where this is leading to we can easily see at the Gulf of Mexico, in Nigeria, in Indonesia and other crude-oil-rich countries. (I call them: cruel-oil-rich)

    We should not waste our time with using and harvesting “built-in” resources from the earth (as they are part of our natural environment, like the air that we breath)

    Instead, we should starting analysing the energy situation as it is today and will stay so for hopefully another millions of years:
    The only way, how to survive is, to use smart technolgy to harvest the immense solar radiation, which is reaching our planet day for day, hour for hour, second for second.

    What a smart source of energy. ..At this time, it is “only” used to make natural biomass and heat our planet to an average temperature.

    Every day we are not starting real, big-scaled initiatives into this direction is lost irretrievable.

    I feel sorry for the US American people, (and the rest of the word…) that nobody wants to understand this; and why they start again to march in the wrong direction.
    And I wonder, why this is the case.

    Arno A. Evers
    Starnberg, Germany

    The earth energy balance represents the balance between incoming energy from the Sun Sand thermal (longwave) and reflected (shortwave) energy from the Earth. The energy released from the Sun in one hour would be adequate to cover the energy needs of the entire world population for one year. However, when the radiation reaches the Earth, most of it is reflected back to space by the atmosphere, some of it is absorbed by the atmosphere and at the Earth’s surface etc. Only 0,005% of the 5,6 • 1024J emitted by the sun per year is converted into mechanical energy by humans.

  3. David T permalink
    August 13, 2010 8:29 AM

    Barry, good information. Nat gas is a great stepping stone to the future fuel of the future. What is the “liquid” fuel of the future? We have a reported huge reserve of nat gas in US but just how long will it last when we get majority of the 137 million autos converted to it. We need to be talking about how long that might be. Such a greater demand on nat gas will cause it to go higher in cost. What’s your estimate? Won’t this cause a flip flop back and forth between dirtier gasoline and cleaner nat gas?? What about methanol??

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