An unlikely source of energy has emerged to meet international demands that the United States do more to fight global warming: It's cleaner than coal, cheaper than oil and a 90-year supply is under our feet.Someday? It just replaced the gasoline consumption of my Mazda3 when I bought the Honda Civic GX. The natural gas producer executives keep looking to incremental gas consumption to generate electricity instead of coal fuel - seems they don't believe that the American consumer will switch to a cheaper fuel for their transportation. Coal is not the enemy - OIL IS! We don't import coal in America, we import OIL. Oil consumption is the fuel that needs to be replaced, not coal.
It's natural gas, the same fossil fuel that was in such short supply a decade ago that it was deemed unreliable. It's now being uncovered at such a rapid pace that its price is near a seven-year low. Long used to heat half the nation's homes, it's becoming the fuel of choice when building new power plants. Someday, it may win wider acceptance as a replacement for gasoline in our cars and trucks.
And it's so easy to do - the Honda Civic GX cost $400 less than the comparable LX (after federal & Oklahoma tax credits) and thousands less than the hybrid Civic. My fuel cost? Less than 4 cents/mile. - Craig