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A Letter to Congressman Kevin Brady and The Committee of Ways and Means

Date: March 14, 2018
To: Members of the Committee of Ways and Means
From: Freedom CNG

A Call For the Renewal of The Alternative Fuels Tax Credit (AFTC)

America is leading the world in natural gas production. The oil and natural gas industry drives $100’s of billions of dollars into the economy. The natural gas industry has been focused on environmental stewardship and methane leakage. Methane emissions per unit of natural gas produced have declined continuously since 1990, down -46%, with production up 52%: in the pipeline distribution segment during the same period down -75%. The EPA Inventory reveals that the natural gas distribution systems have a small emissions footprint shaped by an ongoing declining trend. (American Gas Association Report May 2017)

The Alternative Fuels Tax Credit (AFTC) provides a credit, of $0.50, per gasoline gallon equivalent (GGE) of certain transportation fuels, including natural gas, liquefied petroleum gas, P Series Fuels, liquefied hydrogen and others. Extending the AFTC for five years would allow natural gas technology adopters and fleet customers to plan long-term investment strategies and provide business certainty and would provide a significant contribution to our nation’s economic growth.

Almost 40 percent of Americans live in communities with exceedingly poor air quality according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Exposure to such conditions increases the risk of asthma, lung cancer, heart disease, and premature death. The risk is increasing every year that we do not promote the change to cleaner burning fuels. It is either do something now in regard to on road transportation or we will pay more for healthcare.

Heavy-duty vehicles are the fastest growing segment of U.S. transportation in terms of energy use and emissions. These trucks are major emitters of nitrogen oxide (NOx), diesel particulate matter, and greenhouse gases – the emissions that greatly contribute to poor air quality. While heavy-duty vehicles total 7 percent of all vehicles on our roads, they account for 33 percent of America’s smog-precursor emissions (NOx) from mobile sources and 20 percent of all transportation-related greenhouse gases. Here in the Greater Houston Metro area there are over 100,000 local delivery, and drayage trucks producing massive amounts of smog annually. With the population growth and increased commerce in the region, the only viable way to clean up the air quality issue is to use cleaner burning fuel.

An obvious solution is the promotion and adoption of alternative fuels, which burn cleaner, and is better for the environment and the health of our neighbors. If we want cleaner air we need cleaner trucks. Heavy-duty vehicles powered by natural gas are the cleanest, most proven commercially available solutions to this growing health concern. Ultra-low NOx engines are powered by natural gas and are 90 percent cleaner than the strictest federal standards. Those powered by renewable natural gas (RNG) are upwards of 115 percent cleaner.

The extension of this important tax credit would further incentivize the transition of aging dirty diesel fleets to cleaner vehicles using natural gas. This could mean the increased deployment of an estimated 58,000 natural gas vehicles (NGVs); equal to eliminating over 1.2 million cars from the area. This would result in the reduction of an estimated 200 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions, 82,300 fewer metric tons of NOx emissions, and $1.0 billion in avoided public health costs.

Furthermore, extending the AFTC for a five-year period for natural gas would spur $9.9 billion in economic growth and $5.8 billion in additional private sector investment in infrastructure and equipment and create 62,000 new middle-class jobs over a 10-year period. The AFTC would increase energy independence by decreasing consumption of petroleum-based fuels, and stimulating U.S. manufacturing. The extension of this vital industry credit has support from a broad array of organizations representing users, retailers, customers, fleet managers, utilities, and producers of clean alternative transportation fuels.

Texas by itself is the third largest natural gas producer in the world. The fact that the state has failed to use its own resources to bolster its own industry is a discredit to those who work to make a livelihood in those fields. Natural gas is a clean, abundant, domestic fuel source; and these are real public health outcomes. Utilizing natural gas as a transportation fuel provides numerous economic and national security benefits. Extending the AFTC would promote increased private-sector investment in infrastructure and equipment, which leads to more jobs and economic output.

Congressman Brady, thank you for your consideration of this request. We look forward to sharing more with you regarding this important clean air incentive.

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Pickens: Use the VW Settlement for NatGas Vehicles 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!

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New Chapter in NGV Adoption

We at Freedom CNG really enjoyed this article and interview by Matthew Veazey of In it, he discusses the state of the Natural Gas Vehicle (NGV) industry and has some solid questions for Matt Godlewski of the NGVAmerica.

Some items to note:

“NGVAmerica reports that there are more than 160,000 NGVs in the United States; the worldwide figure is approximately 15.2 million, according to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Alternative Fuels Data Center

Per Godlewski: “NGVs are the only alternative fuel with engines and vehicles available today for a variety of applications – waste and recycling, transit, long- and short-haul trucking, fleet delivery vehicles and consumer cars and trucks.  We have witnessed an average annual growth in CNG stations of 11 percent each year since 2008…”

Another great point: “Fleets of all sizes have realized the benefits of using more natural gas in transportation.  They understand that America has decades of affordable reserves of natural gas that will keep prices low into the future. Maintenance costs are also lower with NGVs given their simple after-treatment systems.  And there is a great emissions story associated with NGVs – lower GHG, significantly less particulate matter and quieter engines.”

Mr. Veazey then asks about the current state of oil prices and how that changes the way CNG providers find new fleets. Mr. Godlewski is spot on when he replies: “Savvy fleets understand the volatility associated with world oil prices and the stability of using domestic natural gas.  Larger fleets are diversifying their transportation fuels. Yet, even on a head-to-head comparison today, natural gas is still 50 to 75 cents cheaper than diesel on average.”

Our only issue with the article is with the “Facts about NGVs” graphic stating that CNG is “better suited for light-duty vehicles” while “LNG is better suited for buses, tractor-trailers and other heavy duty vehicles”. This is simply NOT TRUE but we’ll just let the facts speak for themselves:


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Tube Trailers & Virtual Pipelines

We love our customers and we want to make sure they are happy. A few years back we got a call from a company asking whether we could fill a CNG tube trailer for an industrial concern. We thought: Why not?

As of today we have filled every type of tube trailer you can imagine for companies that put our CNG to use in power plants, apartments, manufacturing facilities, drilling rigs, industrial turbines, and in many many more ways. It all started with a phone call asking us to try something different.

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Oil & Gas Production Not Driving Global Increase in Methane Emissions

It seems all we hear today is how the oil & gas industry are behind climate change and increased greenhouse gas emission levels. You can imagine our surprise when we read this new study last week.

Apparently researchers with NOAA found, among other things, that “microbial sources such as rice paddies and wetlands are the cause of the global increase in methane emissions, not fossil fuel development“.

Dr. Katie Brown does a marvelous job synthesizing the study into 4 main points or facts in her blog post on

Fact #1: Wetlands and agriculture – not fossil fuel production – are responsible for the increase in global methane emissions

Fact #2: Fossil fuel methane emissions are not increasing despite dramatic increases in production

Fact #3: Researchers lump all fossil fuels together to claim emissions are 20 to 60 percent higher than previous estimates; go on to single out a dramatic drop in natural gas leakage rates

Fact #4: This study follows a number of reports that have come to the same conclusion that fossil fuel emissions are not to blame

Again, we always knew CNG would help make the world a cleaner and better place (all while saving fleet users money!) but we had no idea how much cleaner CNG really is! Driving Green and Saving Green, that is the Freedom CNG way!

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CNG in the Transportation Sector

The Freedom CNG team enjoyed Matt Piotrowski’s ‘The Fuse’ write up making a strong case for natural gas. He points to a recent webinar hosted by the American Trucking Association and Securing America’s Future Energy in which T. Boone Pickens, Frederick W. Smith, and Matt Godlewski discuss how natural gas & CNG are going to alter the transportation and energy sectors in the coming years.

We’ve posted a similar graph before but the stable and consistent pricing of CNG is one of the more compelling reasons why major companies are making the switch. Between the increased cost savings, the national security implications, and the clean air dividend, It Really Is A No-Brainer!

If you would like more information, please do not hesitate to give us a call (281) 484-3875 or shoot us an email at! We would also be delighted to give you a tour of any of our sites!



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Hurricane Season: We’re Ready, Are You?

Exciting news for all our current & future customers!

Today we finished installing standby back-up power generators at all Freedom CNG’s Houston sites meaning that despite the rain, wind & water, we will be able to meet your fleet’s fueling needs even when the power goes out.

As you may remember back in 2008 during Hurricane Ike, many of us experienced first-hand the difficulty of finding fuel both as the hurricane approached Houston and after it hit. Gas stations either had insanely long lines to fill up or simply ran out of gasoline & diesel due to high demand. (Not to mention that Ike pushed gasoline to $4.85 a gallon!)

With CNG fueling stations, this won’t be a problem. Pipelines are operationally reliable during hurricanes and have a safety record of 99.999997% meaning that if a major storm or hurricane hits Houston, chances are that natural gas will still be available for CNG fleets. Our new generators will keep the stations operational and natural gas will continue to flow in the pipelines so we can fill you up and you can get the job done for your customers!

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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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CNG Fueling Systems vs LNG Fueling Systems

This article from Trucking Info is a must read if you are considering natural gas adoption. The choice is clear and CNG is a superior fuel to LNG in medium and heavy duty trucks.

If you would like more info, give us a call at (281) 484-3875 or email us at


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Freedom IN the press!

Freedom CNG’s new Midland site has received some fantastic press recently and we thought we would share it with our friends and customers! Please call or email if you are interested in adopting CNG into your fleet!

(Links to stories are embedded below)

Midland Reporter-Telegram

US Gas Vehicles

Yahoo Finance

NGT News

Green Fleet Magazine

Trucking Info

Overdrive Online

The Energy Source

Fleets and Fuels

Commercial Carrier Journal

American Journal of Transportation

Energy Global Magazine

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