We were excited that someone else finally brought it up.In a recent television interview, Boone Pickens told a reporter he was surprised to discover there were 9,000 buses in China running on natural gas.In an era of worrisome global warming events, it’s hard to argue with a transportation system that has proven to reduce particulate emissions by 95 percent compared to diesel engines and which also reduces carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxides by 75 percent and 49 percent, respectively.Those are the statistics UPS provides with regards to its 800 vehicles now running on compressed natural gas (CNG). UPS has the largest private CNG fleet in the United States.Many cities in China could use the same clean air treatment. And like anything Chinese, natural gas consumption appears to be moving forward at breakneck speed.Air pollution in Beijing and in many other rapidly growing Chinese cities has been a nagging ache in the side of China’s leadership. The recent growth spurt of automobile usage, replacing decades of bicycling, have further aggravated the untenable air climate. Combine this factor with Beijing’s mandate to clean up the air in time for next summer’s Olympiad, and the first appropriate target are the vehicles.Although Beijing won’t… Read full this story
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