Propane Gas Act Grassroots

Urge Your Senators and Congressmen to Cosponsor the Propane GAS Act (H.R. 2014/S. 1120)

The Propane Green Autogas Solutions Act  (“Propane GAS Act”) of 2011 would extend for five years federal alternative fuel tax credits for propane used as a motor fuel (also known as “autogas”), propane autogas vehicles, and propane autogas refueling equipment. These tax incentives were created to stimulate a propane vehicle market in order to reduce U.S. reliance on foreign oil and environmental impacts associated with gasoline and diesel fuel use. To date, these tax credits have been extended year-to-year, creating market uncertainty which undermines the effectiveness of the incentives and discourages the kind of investment that Congress wants the private sector to make in clean domestic transportation fuel. The Propane GAS Act offers fleet operations and private investors the kind of long-term tax incentives necessary to further solidify propane autogas as a viable and competitive alternative transportation fuel.

  • Autogas vehicle market incentives are good fiscal policy. Public and private fleets that are early adopters of autogas vehicles are seeing significant long-term cost savings due to lower fuel costs.
  • The Propane GAS Act offers the kind of long-term policy commitment necessary to encourage private investment, build essential alternative fuel infrastructure, and bolster a burgeoning autogas market that will provide an immediate return on taxpayer investment.
  • The Propane GAS Act puts incentives directly into the pockets of the U.S. business fleets, making the switch to an American-made alternative fuel practical and with transparent policy benefits.
  • The economic cost that results from rising and volatile oil prices is much higher than the relatively small investment necessary to jumpstart large-scale autogas vehicle deployment.
  • Propane autogas vehicles and related refueling infrastructure are available now.  Both Ford and GM are producing propane vehicle platforms, and for $25,000 - $50,000 propane refueling facilities can be quickly and easily installed.
  • Propane autogas is already powering vehicles across the country. While no single alternative fuel can completely displace conventional fuels in the short term, propane autogas can provide our country with significant benefits and make an immediate impact.
  • Propane autogas provides one of the fastest returns on investment of any domestic alternative vehicle fuel.  Autogas vehicles are the only economically feasible light- and medium-duty AFVs that can be deployed on a large scale and achieve comparable performance to gasoline vehicles.
  • Propane autogas vehicles produce 20% less greenhouse gas (CO2) emissions, and less particulate matter, carbon monoxide, and nitrogen oxide than gasoline engines.
  • Supporting the Propane GAS Act is a vote for American energy security because 90 percent of our nation’s autogas is domestically produced. In addition, propane supply is expected to increase over the next several decades, guaranteeing consumer availability and price stability.
  • Gasoline and diesel have a marketplace monopoly. We must introduce competitors to gasoline and diesel, such as propane autogas, otherwise we will continue to be dependent on foreign oil.

How to Participate in the Grassroots Program
NPGA strongly encourages all member companies - and all employees - to get involved in this grassroots effort. To participate:

  1. Choose a grassroots letter from the list provided below. (Please feel free to customize letters)
     
  2. Change the address and addressee to match your U.S. Senators and Member of the House of Representatives. Contact Information below
    If you do not know who your U.S. Senators are visit http://www.senate.gov.
    If you do not know who your U.S. House Representative is, visit  http://www.house.gov/.

     
  3. Add information about your company, etc.  in the bracketed area.
     
  4. Place your letter on company letterhead (or include your street address).
     
  5. Send (email, fax or mail) your letters to your U.S. Senators and Member of the House of Representatives. Contact information is below.
     
  6. For our records, please send copies of your letters to 202-466-7205 or PropaneGasAct@npga.org.

Sample Letter 1

Sample Letter 2

For help creating a letter, please contact Brian Caudill at 202-355-1326 or bcaudill@npga.org.

U.S. Congress Contact and Cosponsorship Information


 



 

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