The foundation to adopt these proposed purchasing and tracking practices has already been built. Most large freight carriers and major product shippers already partner with the Environmental Protection Agency or the Department of Energy to track usage of petroleum and alternative fuels, increase their fuel efficiency and cut their emissions. To orient efforts to improve federal transportation procurement practices, agencies could simply employ the data already reported by these third-party companies.
One of the few things on which both Democrats and Republicans agree is that the country must reduce its dangerous dependency on foreign oil. Using natural gas improves energy security and air quality and also bolsters the national economy. Many trucking companies are initiating the transition to natural gas.
The federal government should help ensure that it is part of the solution rather than perpetuating the problem.
Price is senior vice president of corporate development and government relations at Chesapeake Energy Corp., a founding member of American Clean Skies Foundation.