by Staff Writers
Washington DC (SPX) Feb 07, 2012
President Obama's emphasis in last night's State of the Union address on the expansion of clean energy and economic growth is attainable with the help of the one source that literally drives the U.S. and global economy - clean diesel technology.
"In his State of the Union address, President Obama focused on a few energy sources - some of which are in developmental stages or won't be functional for many years," said Allen Schaeffer, the Executive Director of the Diesel Technology Forum.
"Whether they prove to be practical and efficient in the U.S. will be seen at some point in the future.
"Fortunately, we have one source of power that is efficient and clean that exists today - clean diesel technology. Diesel technology has an important role to play in America's clean energy future.
Diesel engines are the most energy efficient technology - whether they are using the new ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel, a renewable biodiesel fuel blend, or hybrid diesel-electric technology.
"We welcome President Obama's call for an 'all-of-the-above' energy strategy. Developing natural gas resources, constructing wind farms, and transporting solar panels will all require today's powerful clean diesel engines. And today's diesel trucks are as clean as natural gas engines.
"Diesel power must continue to be a major component of our current and future national energy strategy. Along with advancements in efficiency, and ability to use renewable fuels, diesel fuel is particularly well positioned for the future.
America's Economy Relies on Diesel Technology
"The diesel industry contributes more than $480 billion annually to the U.S economy and provides more than 1.25 million jobs. Diesel exports are also important to U.S. international trade.
Altogether, diesel product and fuel exports represented $46.2 billion or 4.35 percent of U.S. exports in 2009, with an export-to-value ratio that was five times higher than the national average.
"Diesel is a major economic factor and job creator in the U.S. economy and is vital to America's economic recovery and growth. Diesel not only provides jobs in the manufacturing and refining industries, it provides equipment and engines to our agricultural, mining and construction industries, and transports virtually every commodity available to American consumers.
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"The bipartisan Diesel Emissions Reduction Act has allowed communities in all 50 states to upgrade older diesel school and transit buses, commercial trucks, locomotives and other equipment with modern and cleaner diesel engines and air filters. The EPA has determined DERA investments have resulted in $13 worth of health and environmental benefits for every $1 spent. We urge President Obama to restore funding for the DERA program.
Repairing and Rebuilding America's Infrastructure
"Diesel engines were the power behind building America's iconic infrastructure like the Golden Gate Bridge and the Hoover Dam. Now, diesel engines will build the next generation of roads, bridges, broadband access and more advanced energy grids."
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