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38K People Die a Year due to Diesel NOx

Read this article the other day and was floored by the findings of the Environmental Health Analytics and the US & International Council on Clean Transportation.

Currently 38,000 people in Europe, China & India die every year early due to the failure of diesel vehicles to meet official emissions limits on NOx. Let me state that again…38,000!!!! We are talking premature death due to heart & lung disease, strokes, etc.

What is even more terrifying is that NOx emissions are rising at such an alarming rate that if further pollution controls are not put in place, the death toll could rise to 174,000 people a year by 2040. This number also does not account for any direct health costs associated with such emissions.

Clearly, something needs to be done to avert the existing & growing health crisis!

CNG is one of the many options out there and we hope companies will continue making the switch from dirty and life threatening diesel to clean compressed natural gas to fuel their fleets.

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Pickens: Use the VW Settlement for NatGas Vehicles

USGasVehicles.com posted a fantastic opinion piece by T Boone Pickens regarding the VW Settlement & the guiding criteria State Regulators in Oklahoma and all over the United States who are tasked with distributing over $16 BILLION, could use to increase natural gas vehicle adoption and make the United States more energy independent.

To Summarize:

  1. Use funds to replace vehicles that perform under current federal NOx limits.
  2. Treat all vehicles equally. In other words; replace dirty diesel powered medium and heavy duty with new, clean burning natural gas trucks. Batteries in electric vehicles will not power 18-wheeler vehicles and cost at least 5 times more so spending the funds where it logically makes sense.
  3. Spend the money on private fleets as opposed to state fleets since the money is coming from a corporation and not the taxpayers.

 

Mr. Pickens’ main point: “If Oklahoma uses these funds to replace aging fleets, this will be a “one-and-done” deal. On the other hand, if the money is used to provide incentives for the public and private sectors to purchase natural gas-powered vehicles, the positive effects on reducing NOx emissions will be magnified many times over the years.”

At Freedom CNG, we are here to support fleets in their transition from diesel to natural gas. Call or email us today so we can help you start burning CNG today!

281-484-3875 or info@Freedom-CNG.com

 

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Cities Banning Diesel

Very interesting article by the BBC.com‘s Environment Correspondent, Matt McGrath:

Paris, Mexico City, Madrid & Athens are all taking steps to adopt and implement a diesel fuel ban (similar to the one Tokyo already has in place) by 2025. The mayors of these four cities are encouraging other major cities plagued by poor air quality to join them.

Prior to the 2025 deadline, city governments would help encourage the move away from diesel by incentivizing alternative fuel vehicle adoption and promote various other transportation methods like carpooling, public transport, cycling and walking.

It is Freedom CNG’s hope that alternative fuel incentives would include CNG as an option. CNG is a clean burning alternative to diesel and can help reduce vehicle emissions of:

  • CO by 70-90%,
  • NMOG by 50-70%
  • NOx by 75-95%
  • CO2 by 20-30%
  • Source: Natural Gas Vehicle Association of America

 

Link to the article: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-38170794

(Below: City of Houston)

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Diesel emissions are not just a Volkswagen problem…

Edward Niedermeyer for Bloomberg View published THIS ARTICLE on April 22nd discussing the ongoing Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal and how it is not just VW or even diesel vehicles whose benefits were being exaggerated and manipulated.

Some quotes from the article worth noting:

  • “U.K. authorities announced this week that their testing shows diesel cars emitting an average of six times the legal limit of nitrous oxides, an air pollutant, in real world conditions.
  • “…investigations and prosecutions have focused largely on nitrous oxide emission from diesel engines. But given the scope of the problems and the cheating exposed, there’s little reason to believe the scandal won’t spread to gasoline engines and carbon dioxide emissions….”
  • “The public impact (emphasis added) of automakers bending or breaking the rules on nitrous oxide emissions are local: High concentrations of the pollutant are linked to elevated rates of respiratory diseases and cancer in cities with large diesel fleets.”

 

CNG vehicles’ emissions are cleaner and their fuel is cheaper than their diesel counterparts….you can count on that! Call or email us today for more information about adopting CNG. We hope to see you around the pump!

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