NGVAmerica has presented U.S. Reps. Markwayne Mullin, R-Okla., and John Larson, D-Conn., with its 2018 NGV Public Policy Champion awards.
The awards were presented at a congressional reception marking the upcoming East Coast start of NGVAmerica’s Sea to Shining Sea Natural Gas Vehicle (NGV) Road Rally. The Capitol Hill event was co-sponsored by NGVAmerica members DTE Energy, the American Public Gas Association, the Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas, the Texas Natural Gas Vehicle Alliance and UPS.
“Congressmen Mullin and Larson recognize that clean air starts with clean trucks, and the world’s cleanest heavy-duty engines run on natural gas,” says Dan Gage, president of NGVAmerica. “Their proposed legislation would bring parity to natural gas alternative-fueled vehicles. For their foresight and fight for expanding natural gas use as a transportation fuel, we are pleased to honor both gentlemen as 2018 NGVAmerica Public Policy Champions.”
Mullin and Larson are lead sponsors of the Natural Gas Parity Act of 2018, H.R.5959, which would ensure fair treatment in the tax code, federal acquisition policy, and research and development funding for vehicles and other transportation uses fueled by natural gas and related alternative sources.
“Congress has no business picking winners and losers in the energy industry,” says Mullin. “I am proud to sponsor the Natural Gas Parity Act to level the playing field for all energy producers and ensure that natural gas vehicles receive fair treatment. I want to thank NGVAmerica for recognizing me as a 2018 Public Policy Champion, and I look forward to getting this bill across the finish line alongside Congressman Larson.”
“I thank NGVAmerica for the Public Policy Champion award,” adds Larson. “As a nation, it is critical that we transition our transportation sector to affordable, domestic and clean energy. Natural gas vehicles play a vital role in that effort. I am proud to work on a bipartisan basis to promote the adoption of natural gas vehicles and support policies that will create jobs, bolster our energy independence and reduce emissions.”