Natural Gas Act: Letter to my Congressman in Florida

We need to take immediate steps to reduce our dependency on foreign oil. Join me in emailing Congress today to let them know you support taking immediate steps to reduce our dependency on foreign oil. I am so tired of having excuses for troops being in the Middle East. If we just pass this energy bill we can solve the crisis now. We can begin to get our country back. We need a few minutes of your time to make a big change for America. Congress will be back in session in 2 weeks.

Secretary of Energy already committed $300 million of stimulus money to build 542 natural gas and propane docking stations across the country. If we have stacks of emails and letters on their desks when they come in we will make history!

While the price per barrel of oil has fallen from the last summer highs, it’s beginning to rise again. What hasn’t changed is the percentage of oil we import every day: over the past 12 months we have continued to import nearly two-thirds of the oil we use. Most of the oil we import is used as a transportation fuel – cars, trucks, aircraft, boats and trains. About one barrel out of every five is used as diesel fuel to power heavy trucks – 18-wheelers.

I am all for developing battery, solar, wind and fuel cell technology – or some other technology which is still in the laboratory stage. But neither batteries nor hydrogen are ready for widespread distribution to our national fleet of approximately 250 million cars and light trucks. A battery also won’t push an 18-wheeler. The only fuel right now which is available to reduce our dependence on foreign oil is domestic natural gas.

Due to recent advances in technology, we now have the ability to recover natural gas from the enormous deposits in Texas, Louisiana and Appalachia in the lower 48 states. In fact, a recent study Potential Gas Committee estimates that natural gas reserves have surged by 35 percent. The 2,074 trillion cubic feet of domestic natural gas reserves cited in the study is the equivalent of nearly 350 billion barrels of oil, about the same as Saudi Arabia’s oil reserves.

Natural gas is cheaper than diesel fuel. Natural gas is cleaner than diesel. It’s abundant. And it’s ours. The time to act is now and the NAT GAS Act is the best tool we’ve had in decades to reduce our dependence on foreign oil.

The NAT GAS Act of 2009 is a bi-partisan bill in both the U.S. House of Representatives (H.R. 1835) and the Senate (S. 1408). In the House, Congressmen Boren (D-OK), Larson (D-CT) and Sullivan (R-OK) introduced it April 1 and it already has nearly 80 bi-partisan cosponsors. In the Senate, Senators Menendez (D-NJ) and Hatch (R-UT) were joined by Senate Majority Leader Reid (D-NV) to introduce it on July 8.

The NAT GAS Act provides industry with the incentives to replace older diesel trucks with newer natural gas vehicles – it’s a great step in the right direction. It will provide the momentum for engine manufacturers, natural gas producers and natural gas distributors to ramp up and make a real difference in our dependence on foreign oil.

I hope you will sign up as a cosponsor to support this important legislation. I will be watching your press and floor remarks for statements of support.

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3 responses to this post.

  1. Let’s solve the “Health Care Issue”… By using natural gas! If the government would lease their vast holdings of prospective oil & gas lands and provide more tax incentives for exploration.. The royalty income from production, would go a long way toward providing health care to all americans and reduce or illiminate the need to tax all the working, citizens into poverty…
    Years ago the royalty on a standard oil & gas lease was 12.5% of production… and some leases commaded a 25% royalty… We are talking about billions of dollars in royalty income to the government (Us)… Consided the fact that all of the billions of oil dollars would not go to foreign governments but would stay in the USA to circulate to strengthen our economy. I believe this program could lead America out of the depression we are heading into… as we will create about a million high paying jobs and become truly energy independent.


    • Posted by mansbestfriends on September 27, 2009 at 3:11 pm

      Hey Bob, I like it. Sounds like something I would have come up with had I thought of it. However, I dont believe we are headed for a depression. Do you know the USA makes up 25% of the world’s GDP? Im looking for about a 3% correction in the market and then I see many better months ahead, especially in areas of building savings and paying down debt. Im not sure if these billions will be enough alone to fix healthcare. How many billions do you think we are looking at?


      • What we are looking at is the overall circulation of money in the USA… The more jobs created the more dollars support Social Security, Medicare and Medicaide… Plus whatever we come up with on the Health Care for All Americans… Foreign oil represents over 25% of our balance of payments deficit… Converting to Nat gas in place of foreign oil is a win, win situation…. AT&T announced they are going to convert their 8,000 vehicles to natural gas! … We are talking about massive ripple effects of this… not just what we spend on foreign oil… I hope your thoughts on the depression are the way it turns out!!! We had the same hype, we are hearing today ,about green shoots and how everything was improving back in 1929… Then the market made its low in 1933 and wiped out 90% of stock values… But we did have about 15 optomistic rallies before the real crash… The big difference is the amout of debt we have and are continuing to incur… and the devaluation of our currency! We didn’t have foreign governments holding and supporting our debt like we do now!!

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