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California has a serious air pollution problem – one that disproportionally affects minorities and low-income communities. According to a new report by the American Lung Association, the Los Angeles-Long Beach metropolitan area has the worst ozone pollution in the nation and other California cities aren’t doing too well either. As much as California touts its use of renewable energy and electric vehicles, the transportation sector still needs an overhaul, especially the trucking and shipping industries. Getting rid of dirty diesel trucks would make a huge difference.
One of the most overlooked and readily available solutions is propane. Propane is designated a clean alternative fuel by the U.S. Department of Energy. It is methane-free, produces extremely low levels of nitrogen oxides and has virtually no particulate matter. Replacing diesel with propane means no more dirty soot coming from tailpipes – and cleaner air to breathe – for everyone. This is a huge opportunity for California when you consider the shipping industry and sheer amount of goods moved back and forth from the ports.
Propane is also abundant. There is enough surplus propane produced in the U.S. to convert at least half of the country’s medium-duty vehicles today. This would reduce carbon emissions by 21 million metric tons, which is equivalent to taking 4.5 million cars off the road every year.
Coincidentally (or not), this year’s Advanced Clean Transportation Expo is being held in Long Beach. This event showcases the cleanest and most efficient vehicles, fuels, and technologies that will shape the future of transportation. The President and CEO of the Propane Education and Research Council, Tucker Perkins, will be available to discuss air quality and solutions for a healthier environment. Please let me know if you would like to schedule an in-person or remote interview.