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Panel explores converting vehicles to natural gas

Published: Thu, December 5, 2013 @ 11:59 a.m.

BROOKFIELD — A panel of industry professionals Thursday addressed the advantages and challenges of converting individual vehicles and commercial fleets to natural gas.

The discussion was part of the Natural Gas Vehicle Lunch and Learn at the Yankee Lake Ballroom on Route 7.

While panelists touted the natural gas as a cheaper, more abundant and cleaner fuel to develop, they also cited maintenance and infrastructural barriers.

Sam Spofforth of Clean Fuels Ohio said some industries have recognized a "tipping point" with the emergence of natural gas in Ohio, as refuse and transit industries make the switch.

State representatives Sean O'Brien and Nick Barborak were on hand to express excitement about the potential of natural gas in the state.

O'Brien has introduced a bill to incentivize businesses to convert to natural gas.

For details, see Friday's Vindicator.


1mnascar(38 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

As long as you use the tax money generated on a gallon of gas there isn't any way the government can afford to let you use electric or natural gas in your cars. If you look overseas you will already find American made cars like the Fusion that get over 50 mpg. They aren't allowed to sell them in the states. How do you plan on fixing bridges and roads? Wake up. Pennsylvania is raising there tax ten cents a gallon January first 2014.

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2Ytownnative(1121 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

well then you pass a buck a gallon or equivalent tax and make it less desirable

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376Ytown(1321 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

To say that we can't afford to have cars on the road that get better gas mileage because we won't have enough money for bridges and roads will just mean that we will have to rethink where to get the money for funding. Simple.

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