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NewsOK energy reporters chatted with readers Wednesday morning about their recent series on energy independence. Read highlights from the chat below.
by Adam Wilmoth and Paul Monies Modified: October 10, 2012 at 10:39 am •  Published: October 10, 2012

NewsOK energy reporters chatted with readers Wednesday morning about their recent series on energy independence. Read highlights below and check out the entire chat recap here.

Should the Gov. Mary Fallin require car dealers to inform potential buyers of Civics & 3/4 ton trucks of the CNG option for those vehicles?

Jay F. Marks: That might help a bit, but it doesn't seem likely. Gov. Fallin repeatedly has talked about avoiding mandates in her energy policy.
 
The most likely course is that discussion of the availability of CNG -- along with high gasoline prices -- will spur more people to ask questions about it as an alternative.

Adam Wilmoth: I think CNG is becoming more popular, but it takes a long time to change an industry and infrastructure that has been in place for so long.

It's only been within the past five years that the domestic supply of natural gas has been so plentiful that wide-scale use of CNG seemed feasible.

Do our refineries have the capacity to produce diesel at the level needed to make it a feasible option?

Paul Monies: We have plenty of diesel here in the U.S. In fact, we're exporting diesel to Europe.

Jay F. Marks: Diesel is going to be endangered in the U.S. if Boone Pickens has anything to say about it. Plus it's hard to argue against saving $2 a gallon on fuel by switching to natural gas.

Read the entire chap recap here.

by Adam Wilmoth
Energy Editor
Adam Wilmoth returned to The Oklahoman as energy editor in 2012 after working for four years in public relations. He previously spent seven years as a business reporter at The Oklahoman, including five years covering the state's energy sector....
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by Paul Monies
Energy Reporter
Paul Monies is an energy reporter for The Oklahoman. He has worked at newspapers in Texas and Missouri and most recently was a data journalist for USA Today in the Washington D.C. area. Monies also spent nine years as a business reporter and...
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