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Mullin, Larson Introduce Bill to Encourage Parity for Natural Gas

Congressman Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) and Congressman John Larson (D-CT) introduced H.R. 5959, the Natural Gas Parity Act, to bring equity to the sale, purchase, and use of natural gas in the United States.

“When it comes to fuel sources for our country’s planes, trucks, cars, and buses, I support an all-the-above approach,” said Congressman Mullin.  “Under current laws and regulations, alternative fuel sources enjoy federal subsidies that cut down on production costs while clean, natural gas shoulders a greater financial burden.  The federal government should not be picking winners and losers in the energy industry, but instead should allow consumers and accessibility to drive demand.  The Natural Gas Parity Act levels the playing field for natural gas and gives the consumer the power to choose a cheap and efficient fuel source that suits their lifestyle.”

“The Natural Gas Parity Act of 2018 will incentivize the use of clean, affordable, and American energy technology in the transportation sector.  The United States has an abundance of energy resources and this bill will reduce our dependence on foreign imports by spurring the adoption of cleaner, domestic vehicles that run on natural gas.  This will reduce pollution, spur investment in alternative fuel sources, and bolster our national security by enhancing energy independence. I am pleased to work with Congressman Markwayne Mullin on this common-sense, bipartisan bill,” said Congressman Larson.

Natural gas production is a driving force of the United States economy.  The U.S. has held a powerful position as the world's top producer of natural gas since 2009, when natural gas production in the U.S. exceeded Russia’s natural gas production, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.  Additionally, U.S. petroleum and natural gas production has increased by nearly 60 percent since 2008.  With more than 175,000 Natural Gas Vehicles (NGVs) on U.S. roads today and more than 23 million NGVs around the world, natural gas plays a key role in the transportation of goods to consumers.

“Current federal regulatory rules and incentives do not encourage the use of super clean and efficient natural gas for transportation,” said NGVAmerica President Dan Gage.  “With the introduction of this legislation, Representatives Mullin and Larson recognize that the world’s cleanest heavy-duty engines run on natural gas.  And as the movement of goods and freight continues to dominate our economy, if we want cleaner air, we need cleaner trucks, cleaner locomotives, and cleaner ships.  Natural gas technology is proven, domestic, and commercially ready-right-now for every major freight and passenger transit application.”

“There has never been a better time for Congress to support the adoption of natural gas vehicles (NGVs) as a proven transportation model, one that has already been successfully adopted by municipalities across the U.S.,” said Andrew J. Littlefair, president and CEO of Clean Energy Fuels Corp.  “Whether transferring goods, transporting passengers, picking up trash, or shuttling airport passengers, natural gas vehicles are helping to move America with a cleaner fuel.  It’s important that Congress provide incentives for the utilization of domestically-available energy sources—including the use of natural gas in Federal government fleets—and provide funding for natural gas research to accelerate the advancement of natural gas engines and vehicles.”

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