California Legislation Would Encourage Alternative Fuels
April 12, 1999
Legislation proposed last week in California would encourage the use of alternative fuels by giving financial help to owners of diesel trucks and buses when they convert to cleaner-burning fuels such as natural gas.
The bill is prompted by the threat of losing $21 billion in federal transportation funds should not meet Environmental Protection Agency standards by 2010.
The proposed legislation would provide a total of $20 million to owners who convert their trucks, buses, locomotives and other diesel-run equipment to cleaner-burning fuels. It can cost as much as $34,000 to install a natural gas engine in a heavy duty truck.
A similar bill was vetoed by then-Gov. Pete Wilson last year.