The Propane Green Autogas Solutions Act ("Propane GAS Act") of 2011 (H.R. 2014/S. 1120), sponsored by Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Representative John Carter (R-TX), would extend for five years federal alternative fuel tax credits for propane used as a motor fuel (autogas), propane autogas vehicles, and propane autogas refueling equipment. By cosponsoring the Propane GAS Act, Members of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives will show their support for not only for a burgeoning propane autogas market, but also for domestic energy security, American jobs, and a cleaner environment.
Autogas tax incentives were created in 2005 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. Since then, the tax credits have been extended mostly year-to-year, creating market uncertainty which discourages private sector investment cost-effective, clean, domestic autogas vehicles and infrastructure. The Propane GAS Act offers market certainty. The legislation would give fleet operations and private investors the kind of long-term tax incentives necessary to make vehicle and infrastructure investments and will solidify propane autogas as a viable and competitive alternative transportation fuel.
All NPGA member companies and their staff are encouraged to take part in this grassroots push to help support the autogas market. To get involved, please go to www.npga.org/propanegasactgrassroots for more information and step-by-step instructions on contacting Congress.
Propane companies are also encouraged to engage their autogas customers in grassroots efforts to support the Propane GAS Act. Congress will hear loud and clear from the propane industry, but they also need the perspective that autogas users and fleets bring to the debate. NPGA's industry partner, Autogas for America has set up an autogas consumer oriented grassroots webpage at http://autogasforamerica.org/join-us/carry-the-flag. Please consider driving your autogas clients to this site, so that they can participate in the overall grassroots effort.
For additional information on the Propane GAS Act or this grassroots program, please contact Brian Caudill at 202-466-7200.
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