Two executives from Clean Energy Fuels Corp., a North American provider of natural gas fuel for transportation, including compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied natural gas (LNG) and renewable natural gas (RNG), have voiced their support for former Texas Gov. Rick Perry for nomination as the U.S. Secretary of Energy.
Clean Energy Board Member John S. Herrington, a former U.S. secretary of energy during the Reagan administration from 1985 to 1989, and Clean Energy CEO and President Andrew J. Littlefair gave their strong endorsement to Perry yesterday.
“It is critical that the country has a person who understands all aspects of energy markets – from oil and natural gas, to wind, solar and nuclear,” says Herrington. “Holding the office of governor of Texas for 14 years has given Rick Perry a unique understanding into the challenges and opportunities that the country has in achieving that so far elusive goal of becoming energy-independent. Rick fully appreciates the impact that energy has on the U.S. and global economies and will make an excellent secretary of energy.”
Littlefair says, “I have known Governor Perry for many years, and he is an excellent choice for secretary of energy. His 14 years of leadership in Texas and his knowledge of the energy industry will give us the right energy plan to move our nation forward. Governor Perry was instrumental in driving new energy technologies in Texas, including wind, solar and natural gas, and I’m confident he will continue to push for comprehensive domestic energy production.”
Natural gas fuel costs less per gallon than gasoline or diesel, depending on local market conditions. The use of natural gas fuel reduces not only operating costs for vehicles, but also greenhouse-gas emissions up to 30% in light-duty vehicles and 23% in medium- to heavy-duty vehicles. In addition, nearly all natural gas consumed in North America is produced domestically.
Clean Energy Fuels Corp. builds and operates CNG and LNG fueling stations; manufactures CNG and LNG equipment and technologies for itself and other companies; and develops RNG production facilities.