Lawmakers tackle alternative fuel vehicles' role in reducing air pollution

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  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    Oct. 17, 2013 12:18 p.m.

    I see a few problems here. The state is looking at investing money that is collected via gasoline taxes on vehicles that pay no gasoline taxes. Some may cheer that move, but look at the results. The gasoline taxes pay for road, highway, and bridge projects. If I buy a gallon of CNG, I don't pay any taxes. The same can be said of electric cars recharging at home.

    Before we start a bigger push to get more alternative fuel vehicles out on the road we should figure out an equitable way of sustaining our road funds.

  • Liberal Ted Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 17, 2013 8:03 a.m.

    WE need to tax bicyclists that consume huge amounts of resources and cause more pollution. In creating a bike lane alone, it is unsustainable. Consumes a lot of oil, fuel, money, resources which all of the pollution is placed right back into the air. On top of that, the street sweeper, paint, snow plows and dealing with one angry entitled bicyclists after another that demand a street sweeper to lead the way as they ride.

    which of course makes sense to save the environment, by using a truck that gets 5 miles to the gallon so a bicyclists that could have driven a truck that gets 15 miles to the gallon, will save the environment.

    Bunch of feel good programs that do nothing for our health or the environment. SHOW ME THE NUMBERS!

  • Yeah but South Jordan, UT
    Oct. 16, 2013 10:25 p.m.

    Both CNG and new gasoline engines meet EPA's Tier 2 Bin 2 emission standard. Replacing a newer gasoline engine with a CNG vehicle has no net air quality benefit - and it hasn't for years. This is purely an economic decision, and this proposal is just another way to get more money into Questar's pockets. Once EPA's Tier 3 vehicles hit the road, they will be even cleaner than CNG cars - and once the Tier 3 fuel is available is 2017-2019, even Tier 2 cars will be cleaner. Therefore, the decision to purchase a CNG vehicle should not be based on supposed environmental science; it should be based on economics. If you want to buy a clean car, just get a new gasoline powered one.