NGVAmerica’s top legislative priority of 2011 and early 2012 was The New Alternative Transportation to Give Americans Solutions (NAT GAS) Act of 2011. The House legislation (H.R. 1380) was introduced by Representatives John Sullivan (R-OK), Dan Boren (D-OK), John Larson (D-CT), and Kevin Brady (R-TX), and had over 180 cosponsors. The Senate legislation (S. 1863) was introduced by Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Richard Burr (R-NC), Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), and Senate Majority Leader Harry Read (D-NV). The House proposal would provide incentives for the purchase of natural gas vehicles (NGVs), the installation of NGV refueling property, and the use of natural gas as a vehicle fuel—all of which would be in place for five years. The Senate proposal would extend tax credits for purchasing NGVs and building refueling infrastructure for five years. Importantly, in the Senate version, the incentives would be fully paid for and would not add one dime to the nation’s deficit. The bill includes a unique surcharge on natural gas used as a vehicle fuel that would reimburse the Treasury for the cost. Reference the links below for more about the NAT GAS Act of 2011.
U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy, R-PA, one of the co-sponsors of the NAT GAS Act of 2011 checks out a natural gas powered vehicle.
On July 24, 2012, NGVAmerica submitted testimony to the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on the opportunities for, current level of investment in, and barriers to the expanded use of natural gas as a transportation fuel. Many important issues were put to the committee, including the
On July 25, 2012, NGVAmerica presented oral testimony before the Congressional Natural Gas Caucus on the state of the NGV industry and the challenges and opportunities for America job growth. NGVAmerica President Richard Kolodziej outlined the positive, far-ranging effects accelerated growth in the NGV industry would have on a number of national policy goals. These include reducing our country’s dependence on foreign oil, our trade deficit, transportation costs, and the price of everyday items to stores and consumers—all of which would have a profound impact on job growth and the overall health of our economy. President Obama has sent the clear message that alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs), including natural gas vehicles, will become an even greater part of our nation’s energy policy in the years to come. In the Blueprint for a Secure Energy Future, the President makes a commitment to further invest in AFVs, alternative fuels, and alternative fueling infrastructure. Much of the funding for these programs will come from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. Funds already in place, like those allocated by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), will be better spent to ensure greener fleets and an expanded refueling infrastructure. By promoting the AFV industry, the White House works toward achieving three important policy goals: reduced dependence on foreign oil, reduced greenhouse gases and urban air pollution, and greater economic growth through the creation of U.S. jobs.