NATURAL GAS: THE ENERGY ANSWER FOR KENTUCKY!
Natural gas is much cleaner than other fossil fuels such as coal and oil. Natural gas emits much less carbon dioxide than either of these fuels… 30% less than oil and 50% less than coal.
The “North American Natural Gas Supply Assessment” study released in July 2008, estimated natural gas supplies at 2,247 Tcf, or enough to supply the U.S. for about 118 years.
85% of the natural gas used in the United States is from North America (The United States & Canada). The United States itself had 468,000 producing wells in 2008. These wells produced 21,442,247 million cubic feet of natural gas.
The wellhead price of natural gas (per thousand cubic feet) has fallen from a high of $10.82 in June of 2008 to $3.55 in August of 2009.
The State of Kentucky alone produced more than 114 billion cubic feet of Natural Gas in 2008.
NATURAL GAS VEHICLES (NGV’S): NGVs are being used all over the world
• • • • • • 7.9 million Natural Gas Vehicles (NGV) are being used throughout the world. Countries such as Argentina, Brazil, Italy, Egypt, Iran, & Pakistan use Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) as a transportation fuel. Ford and GM make 18 models worldwide, yet none are made in the United States. The Honda Civic GX is the only domestically produced light-duty NGV in America. Heavy and medium duty vehicles are being manufactured and converted to NGVs in the United States. Kentucky is one of just four states in the nation that does not have a natural gas fueling station. The scale up of CNG as a transportation fuel will create jobs and businesses for Americans. Domestic automakers can continue to build all sizes of light-duty vehicles because CNG can power everything from 1-ton trucks to small performance cars. Auto manufacturing plants can continue to produce all models of vehicles at their plants by only altering the portion of the assembly line that installs the fueling system. CNG will create economic savings for cities and states with the usage of CNG powered heavy-duty trucks, buses, municipal and utility vehicles. Electric cars are not the answer – since you can’t run an 18-wheeler on a battery. The US controls 4% of the world's reserves of oil yet we consume 25% of total global oil production. American natural gas producers control ALL of our needed reserves for natural gas. Global oil demand is sky-rocketing (predicted 60% growth by 2020); thus supply will have to increase by 64 million barrels per day over the next 15 years to be able to meet this demand. To keep up with supply, OPEC will need to be adding $350 billion per year (for the next 22 years) in new project investment. From 2000-2007, OPEC invested $390 billion TOTAL in new projects. NGVs have been proven to be safer than gasoline powered vehicles. Federally mandated tests, including collision & fire, prove that NGVs are safer. It is significantly less expensive than gasoline or diesel with prices around $1.50/gallon. Due to the reduced engine pressure and the non-corrosive nature of the fuel the engine life is extended significantly. Changing the engine oil less frequently, fewer spark plug replacements, reduction of carbon deposits in the engine cylinders, which increases the engine life. Of all the domestic energy resources (domestic oil, natural gas, coal, wind, solar, hydro, geo-thermal & bio fuels), only natural gas is easily used as a transportation fuel. New EPA standards will force capital spending on emission improvements on mobile sources. For example, school districts will need to add emission control devices to its diesel buses in the next 5 years which will be an expensive undertaking. 40-70% of emissions are attributed to the transportation sector; therefore, counties declared non-attainment by EPA or near nonattainment levels must look to clean natural gas to power their fleets in order to comply with the state implementation plan to achieve attainment status. Natural Gas is even cleaner when other air pollutants are considered. Emission of carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide, particulates and mercury are all dramatically lower. The overall energy process to produce and consume CNG is more energy efficient than other alternative fuels. In order to truly compare energy efficiency among fuels, one must take into account the development, delivery, and end phases of the entire energy process. When all factors are considered, natural gas is a superior fuel.
NGVs are the right choice for Kentucky, for an American economy and American consumer
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NGVs provide America energy security and stability
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NGVs are an environmental answer for America
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