Let me start off by saying:
An Alternative Fuel
Nice try Commissioners.
Oh! This really burns me up! Today is the most beautiful day I’ve ever seen and here I am, spending my lunch hour at Starbucks because
|ELIZABETH A. JONES
|VICTOR G. CARRILLO
|MICHAEL L. WILLIAMS
whose salaries we pay with our tax dollars are participating in propaganda to manipulate us and swindle us out of tax dollars to pay for the T. Boone-doggle infrastructure!
Here’s the press release:
WARNING: What follows is pure propaganda!
Railroad Commissioners Join Motorsports Legend Jack Roush to Urge Cities, Local Governments to Save Money with Alternative Fuel Vehicles
AUSTIN—The three commissioners of Texas’ chief energy agency—the Railroad Commission—joined Jack Roush, winning team owner of the 2009 Daytona 500, in calling for local government as well as business fleets in Texas to save money by using alternative fueled-propane vehicles.
On the eve of the opening of the NASCAR Nationwide Series in Texas, Roush and the Railroad Commission briefed fleet managers on ROUSH Performance’s F-150, 250 and 350 pickups powered by propane, a clean-burning alternative fuel that is available “right here, right now.”
blah, blah, blah…
You can read the rest of this pure-dee bull crap on line.
Here’s the truth:
What is natural gas:
Natural gas is a gaseous fossil fuel consisting primarily of methane but including significant quantities of ethane, propane, butane, and pentane—heavier hydrocarbons removed prior to use as a consumer fuel —as well as carbon dioxide, nitrogen, helium and hydrogen sulfide. Fossil natural gas is found in oil fields (associated) either dissolved or isolated in natural gas fields (non-associated), and in coal beds (as coalbed methane).
Natural gas is often informally referred to as simply gas, especially when compared to other energy sources such as electricity. Before natural gas can be used as a fuel, it must undergo extensive processing to remove almost all materials other than methane. The by-products of that processing include ethane, propane, butanes, pentanes and higher molecular weight hydrocarbons, elemental sulfur, and sometimes helium and nitrogen. – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natural_gas
Recently, individuals and companies with a financial stake in natural gas production have been engaged in an effort to re-brand natural gas as an ‘alternative’ fuel. Since in English the word ‘alternative’ describes any option that isn’t the standard or default, and natural gas is not the standard fuel for, say, cars and trucks, no one can write them a ticket for their highly elastic use of the word and concept. However, by the definition of the term as it has been used for decades, natural gas is not an alternative fuel. “Alternative fuels, also known as non-conventional fuels, are any materials or substances that can be used as a fuel, other than conventional fuels. Conventional fuels include: fossil fuels (petroleum (oil), coal, propane, and natural gas), and nuclear materials such as uranium. Some well known alternative fuels include biodiesel, bioalcohol (methanol, ethanol, butanol), chemically stored electricity (batteries and fuel cells), hydrogen, non-fossil methane, non-fossil natural gas, vegetable oil and other biomass sources.” – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alternative_fuel
In fact, natural is gas just another highly polluting hydrocarbon and conventional – that is, non-alternative – fuel like oil, to which it is closely related and with which it is frequently found. Further, extracting natural gas and transporting it to markets takes huge amounts of, you guessed it, (imported) oil.
Hat tip to un-naturalgas.org
This is so outrageous! Obviously, the TRC is COMPLETELY changing its mission. I just don’t get why the public continues to put up with this. They provide precious little to NO regulation:
Ah, um…Maybe you guys could do something about these sludge pits that are years past meeting the state law for clean up.
(UPDATE: check out this example of TRC FAILURE!)