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Facts About Natural Gas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is about how America can stop importing foreign oil and those keeping it from happening.  The United States has been grappling with the ill effects of imported oil for decades and now there is an opportunity to reduce the country's dependency on oil imports. 

Compiling a report of this magnitude involves a tremendous amount of effort. It seems the more information that is uncovered, the more there remains to be uncovered. Research is like that. One thing leads to another thing, which leads to another thing and so on. This is what we have found in compiling this report. We are afraid we are just scratching the surface.

As with any momentous movement in which there are many interests for and against there is misinformation being promulgated. Announcements by Saudi Arabia, OPEC and the oil industry are rarely questioned by the press. Substituting natural gas for oil is not likely to be in their best interest.

There is a kind of quiet revolution going on in this country as more and more people become aware of the advantages of replacing oil with natural gas as a fuel for transportation.

The advantages are it is cheaper, causes less pollution, and make the U.S. less dependent on foreign oil. Some say converting to natural gas as a fuel for transportation can enable this country to stop importing foreign oil and result in trillions of dollars remaining in circulation in North America rather than being sent overseas and funding terrorism. It should also increase competition in the energy markets, which should put a downward pressure on gasoline prices.

Still, the U.S. is lagging behind other countries in converting to natural gas. Companies producing natural gas are looking at overseas markets to sell their product. There are plans to build facilities to export natural gas to other countries at a number of ports in the U.S. and Canada.

There are 14 countries around the world that have substantially more natural gas vehicles on the road than the United States.  For example, Iran and Pakistan have close to 20 times as many.  This despite the U.S. being third in the amount of natural gas reserves (behind Saudi Arabia and Iran) and having the most advanced vehicular transportation system.

Most people will agree it is in the best interest of the U.S. that its dependence on foreign oil be eliminated.  Stopping the need for foreign oil imports involves replacing gasoline and diesel with natural gas as the main fuel for transportation and relegating gasoline and diesel to relatively lesser status.  This naturally will benefit certain interests while harming the interests of other individuals and companies. 

Whether it will happen or not will depend to a large part on the public and who they vote for, because there are powerful forces controlling members of Congress who will block any effort to change the status quo.

 

 

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