It seems to me that the way to look at the NAT GAS Act is as a national security measure. American presidents since Jimmy Carter have called for America to be energy-independent. They have wanted us to drill, to develop wind and solar, to expand our nuclear potential. Well, we can do all that, but we have here and now the capacity to be independent. The solution is natural gas. Get the semis and other heavy-duty vehicles on it now.
About a year ago, the price of gas at the pump was not much of a problem. Now that price has shot up with turbulence in the Middle East. There are predictions of $5-a-gallon gasoline. It could have been avoided had we acted on the NAT GAS Act a couple of years ago. The time to act is now. Our national security would be enhanced.
I have made a few calls around Washington. No one, save an environmental wacko, is against the NAT GAS Act before Congress. It is time for both Democrats and Republicans to prove that they, acting together, can get something done. This bill has 157 co-sponsors. Pass the bill. And why not call it the Boone Pickens bill? It is a lot easier to enunciate than the New Alternative Transportation to Give Americans Solutions Act.