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  1. Categories: Environment, Sustainability

    Trucking industry shifting to natural gas from petroleum for the long haul.

    The trucking industry continues their work in making the switch to liquid natural gas (LNG) from petroleum. Cummins, a leading engine manufacturer, began shipping big, new engines that will make long runs on LNG possible. This is a great step forward for the trucking industry. LNG is cheaper and saves truckers as much as $0.40 USD per litre vs. petroleum. Natural gas is also a clean-burning fuel, which lessens its impact on our environment, as well as making it easier for trucks to meet emissions standards. As consumers, we should take note because this switch could mean a lot for our wallets and our air.

    While much of what we just mentioned is happening quickly in the USA, LNG trucking is gaining traction internationally, especially in Europe and here in Canada. Roe C. East, general manager of the natural gas business at Cummins, expects natural gas to capture as much as 10 per cent of the heavy-duty truck market in North America in the next five years. Procter & Gamble, a company who are very mindful of fuel costs and green credentials, are turning to companies with LNG trucks in their fleet. Even brand-name manufacturers like Nike and Walmart are pressing for their goods to be shipped using natural gas vehicles, leading companies like UPS, FedEx and Ryder Systems to explore the LNG option. As one example, UPS plans to announce that they will be expanding their natural gas fleet of heavy 18-wheel vehicles to 800, up from 112, by 2014.

    What do you think of the trucking industry switching to liquid natural gas? Let us know in the comment section below. 

  2. Categories: Environment, Sustainability

    Natural Gas May Be Society’s Best Hope

    Carlo Rubbia says that of all the energy sources available to us, natural gas currently offers the most immediate results for a clean and abundant fuel.

    He should know – he’s no less than a Nobel Prize-winning professor of physics at Harvard University. He also happens to be the director of scientific studies at the Institute for Sustainability Studies in Pottsdam, Germany. His current research activities involve the viability of future energy supplies.

    “It seems to me that a methane-based society [natural gas] is the best choice you have in the present time,” remarked Rubbia at Northwestern University’s annual Heilborn Lectures. “In my view it will take years before the solar energy and the wind energy can meet all your needs.”

    He argues that because of global warming, speed is of the essence. Natural gas can respond to this reality quicker and more efficiently than most other energy sources like solar, wind and nuclear.

    Do you feel the professor’s ideas are within reach? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

     

     

    Source: http://www.forbes.com/sites/jeffmcmahon/2013/04/22/nobel-physicist-society-should-convert-to-natural-gas/

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    Gas on Both Sides of the Border

    In both Canada and the United States, natural gas is in the media spotlight. In Ontario, the discussion is about the provincial government’s relocation of two natural gas-burning power stations.

    Apparently, natural gas makes for exceptional political fodder.

    South of the border, however, Republicans and Democrats agree on something: Natural gas and its prominent future in America’s energy mix. President Barack Obama’s energy blueprint earmarks $40 million for research into safe and responsible energy production and $375 million into cleaner energy from fossil fuels. He’s also pursuing a $2 billion “energy security trust” to convert more American infrastructure to run on, as he puts it, “a hundred years’ worth of reserves in the shale under our feet.”

    They are recognizing natural gas’ role in helping industry take off again, creating jobs, and giving the consumer access to clean, affordable and reliable energy – a big part of a sustainable, independent future.

    Of course, this is all old news for Ontarians. While the world around us wakes up to the possibilities of natural gas, we’ve already had a long and fruitful relationship with the fuel for years. After all, it accounts for 1/3rd of Ontario’s energy use. Our well-established, reliable, and still growing infrastructure serves homes and businesses across Ontario. And we like it that way.

    To contribute to this discussion, please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

     

     

     

    Sources:
    http://fuelfix.com/blog/2012/09/05/democratic-party-platform-touts-natural-gas-tones-down-climate-change-talk/
    http://www.businessinsider.com/obama-doubles-down-on-natural-gas-2013-3
    http://www.thestar.com/news/queenspark/2013/03/13/gas_plant_cancellations_cost_ontario_triple_what_mcguinty_told_public_expert_says.html
    https://www.enbridgegas.com/assets/docs/Fueling%20Ontario%27s%20Competitive%20Energy%20Future%2019Nov2012.pdf