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Yearly Archives: 2017

Making Moves: National Park ‘Greens’ Fleet with Propane Trucks, Fueling Stations

Making Moves: National Park ‘Greens’ Fleet with Propane Trucks, Fueling Stations

By Lauren Tyler Great Smoky Mountains National Park hosted a celebration yesterday to unveil six new propane-fueled trucks and two new propane fueling stations at the Park Headquarters Maintenance Facility near Gatlinburg, Tenn. With the new pieces of alternative fuel equipment, the Smokies implemented a new facet of the park’s Climate Friendly Parks program through funding from a joint U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) and Department of Energy (DOE) initiative called the “Clean Cities National Park Initiative.” As reported, the new equipment helps the park leave a smaller carbon footprint. In partnership with its two neighboring DOE Clean Cities coalitions, the East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition and the Land of Sky Clean Vehicles Coalition, the park installed the two propane fueling systems and added six new pieces of “green” equipment to improve air quality. Six Ford F250 crew cab trucks were purchased and converted to run on propane autogas. T ... read more

Carbon tax is bad economic and public policy

By Leslie Anderson The General Assembly in the State of Connecticut has proposed a “carbon tax” on energy which would collect more than $500 million in new taxes from homeowners and businesses in just the first year that the law would take effect. The proposed legislation (Raised Bill 7247) is now being considered by the General Assembly’s Environment Committee. There are several reasons this idea is bad public policy and does not make good economic sense – for those who use propane, and all energy consumers as well. This new tax, being labeled a carbon tax on fossil fuels, would be applied to most forms of energy, including gasoline, diesel fuel, heating oil, natural gas, electricity – and propane. Limited exemptions would apply to hydroelectric or nuclear-generated electricity as well as renewable biomass or waste vegetable oil. While we certainly understand the desire to promote the use of environmentally friendly fuels, it’s important to also ... read more