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Title: Alternate fuels versus gasoline: A market niche

Abstract

America travel on oil. Although many other fuels have the capability of moving the nation's cars, trucks, and buses, none have been able to carve out a significant market niche in the United States, notes Deborah Gordon of the Union of Concerned Scientists in Berkeley, California. The inherent advantages of gasoline as a motor fuel are well known: cost, availability, familiarity, ease of use, safety, and attractive physical properties, Gordon points out. Yet, its drawbacks also are significant: air pollution, global warming, acid rain, oil spills, groundwater contamination, and threats to national security and the nation's economic well being. With the marketing handicaps facing alternative fuels, [open quotes]the United States needs a fuel-use policy to diversify transportation fuels, lower dependence on imported oil, reduce consumption, and curb environmental impacts,[close quotes] Gordon asserts. Such a policy, she says, should include increased gasoline taxes and a new carbon tax; incentives for cleaner municipal fleet vehicles; government investment in research, development, and demonstration of long-term fuel options; incentives for new clean vehicles; and smog-based registration fees.

Authors:
 [1]
  1. Union of Concerned Scientists, Berkeley, CA (United States)
OSTI Identifier:
7073072
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
Forum for Applied Research and Public Policy; (United States)
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 9:1; Journal ID: ISSN 0887-8218
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
33 ADVANCED PROPULSION SYSTEMS; 29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; 02 PETROLEUM; FUEL SUBSTITUTION; FINANCIAL INCENTIVES; GASOLINE; ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS; TRANSPORTATION SECTOR; AUTOMOTIVE FUELS; USA; ENERGY POLICY; DEVELOPED COUNTRIES; FUELS; GOVERNMENT POLICIES; LIQUID FUELS; NORTH AMERICA; PETROLEUM PRODUCTS; 330800* - Emission Control- Alternative Fuels; 293000 - Energy Planning & Policy- Policy, Legislation, & Regulation; 020900 - Petroleum- Environmental Aspects

Citation Formats

Gordon, D. Alternate fuels versus gasoline: A market niche. United States: N. p., Web.
Gordon, D. Alternate fuels versus gasoline: A market niche. United States.
Gordon, D. . "Alternate fuels versus gasoline: A market niche". United States.
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