Transportation, clean fuels, and energy are major players in the state’s modern economy; and the Nebraska Environmental Trust and the Department of Energy’s Clean Cities program are playing significant supporting roles.
   
  Regardless of where you reside or your political leanings, it isn’t difficult to see the need for new investments in our state’s transportation infrastructure, writes state Sen. Curtis King.
 
  Nature has bestowed upon the U.S an incredible legacy - one or two centuries' worth of supply of natural gas right beneath our feet. It's a cleaner-burning, less-expensive and wildly abundant resource that can drive the nation to energy independence.
   
  Just this month, we completed the next phase of our transition to CNG. This milestone for DART was achieved after years of careful planning, community input, taxpayer impact studies and, most importantly, considering our consumers’ needs.
 
  In July, when the U.S. EPA published a final rule that expanded cellulosic fuel pathways to include renewable CNG and LNG derived from various sources of biogas, a surge of cellulosic fuel credits from biogas was widely anticipated.
   
  I’ve been on both sides of a lot of oil and gas price swings. Every time, the first question people always ask is who wins and who loses.
 
   
       
   
       
 
     
 
  The revolution in natural-gas production has the potential to provide immense benefits to the U.S. economy. With prudent regulation of the risks to groundwater and methane emissions, the overall environmental benefits should be substantial as well.
   
  Often, when we think of natural resources and energy policy, that is something associated with the federal government and not necessarily Indiana. However, the number of alternative fuel vehicles in Indiana would probably surprise you.
 
  America's thirst for OPEC oil comes at a steep price. Nefarious groups operating in countries the U.S. buys oil from, such as Qatar and Kuwait, are funding ISIS and al-Qaeda.
   
  We have been pondering the market for alternative fuel vehicles (non-carbon fossil fuels) given the concern over “global warming and/or climate change.”
 
  A sustainable increase in natural gas supplies is resulting in efforts to explore its use as a viable alternative to diesel for powering locomotives.
   
  Amid clamor for bolder action on climate change, there’s dispute over the U.S. strategy of boosting production and dependence on natural gas as a bridge to a low-carbon future.
 
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