Thursday, March 31, 2011

President Barack Obama promoted natural gas in remarks at Georgetown University on Wednesday.

Obama endorses Pickens plan for natural gas vehicles

Doug Mills/The New York Times
WASHINGTON — T. Boone Pickens has spent much of the past three years campaigning for a single candidate: natural gas.
On Wednesday, Pickens scored his biggest endorsement yet, when President Barack Obama expressed support for his idea to convert the country’s heavy-duty vehicles to run on natural gas instead of diesel.
In a speech at Georgetown University, Obama highlighted concerns about pollution from natural gas drilling, but said the domestic fuel could help to achieve a one-third reduction of imported oil over the next decade.
“The potential for natural gas is enormous,” Obama said. “Last year, more than 150 members of Congress from both sides of the aisle produced legislation providing incentives to use clean-burning natural gas in our vehicles instead of oil. And — and that’s a big deal.”

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