The adopted resolution –which states that natural gas vehicles use is growing exponentially in Europe, South America, and in other global markets- calls on White House and Congress to pass legislation about the boost of CNG. The document aims to give and renew tax credits to buy more NGVs and develop more federal research programs, so natural gas engines meet a wider range of applications in the transportation sector.
“Legislation would stimulate market expansion, economic growth, and support the purchase and use of NGVs over a short time period so that national economies of scale will develop. Furthermore, legislation should be focused on the high fuel-use and high pollution vehicle fleets such as trash trucks, transit buses, semi-trucks, school buses, urban delivery, and shuttle buses,” the resolution declares in the page 213 under the theme “America’s clean, domestic, and affordable urban transportation solution”.
According to the America’s Natural Gas Alliance CEO Regina Hopper, natural gas is an abundant American resource that can shift the reliance to domestically produced energy. “The mayors’ emphasis on natural gas should serve as a model for federal and state policymakers,” the association reported.
American Clean Skies Foundation CEO Gregory C. Staple also applauded the resolution saying that mayors truly understand how natural gas can stimulate local economies and “de-carbonize” cities. “The low-cost opportunities to run municipal fleets on natural gas would result in budget savings and cleaner air, especially compared to diesel,” he added.
Clean fuel was a main subject at the conference and mayors showed their support to the mandatory “green” construction code by assuring that an increase in natural gas infrastructure would lead to fewer harmful emissions and help the country reducing dependency on imported oil.