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Wilmoth: Obama backs alternative transportation fuels

President Barack Obama this week endorsed a plan to fund research for alternative fuel vehicles, echoing at least some of the sentiment expressed by Oklahoma and national energy industry leaders.
by Adam Wilmoth Published: March 22, 2013

In 2012, about 14 million barrels of oil per day was transformed into transportation fuels, including gasoline, diesel and jet fuel.

Gov. Mary Fallin has helped lead an effort to encourage automakers to produce natural gas-powered cars and trucks for state fleets. The state earlier this month received its first batch of 242 new compressed natural gas-fueled 2013 Ram 2500 trucks.

The effort is now backed by 21 other states.

Native Oklahoman and oilman T. Boone Pickens has helped lead an effort to encourage the country's trucking fleets to convert to natural gas.

Former Central Intelligence Agency Director James Woolsey this month told participants at the University of Oklahoma Energy Symposium that he would like to see the country follow the examples of Brazil and Israel, where vehicles are designed to run on multiple fuels.

“A driver in Brazil can use either gasoline or ethanol. Hopefully in the U.S., we will be able to drive on gasoline, ethanol or methanol made from natural gas,” Woolsey said. “It's going to be even more embarrassing if we fall behind the Communist Chinese with choice at the pump.”

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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