H. (Bill) Wattenburg
USE OUR NATURAL GAS.
BRING BACK $2.00 GAS RIGHT NOW!
(RIGHT CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE LETTER IN .doc FORMAT)
January 26, 2012
(original letter to President Obama and
Washington Post ad* February 25, 2009)
To: President Barack Obama
In your State of the Union address last night,
you said that the U.S. must start using our natural
gas. Here is how to start the ball rolling immediately, not
years from now. And, you can bring gas prices down to
$2 a gallon in a hurry for struggling American workers.
Otherwise, they will soon be paying for $5 gas - and
blaming your administration.
Mr. President, you must sign a simple executive order tomorrow
that says that all federal vehicles (not private cars) purchased
after, say, January 1, 2013, must be dual
fuel vehicles that run on COMPRESSED NATURAL GAS as well as other fuels
such as gasoline, diesel, or ethanol which can be
used as a backup. Smart companies and municipalities
are already using hundreds of thousands of such natural gas
vehicles. Adding federal vehicles will start the ball
rolling to replace foreign oil in a big way. We have
a 100 years’ supply of natural gas now, and more discovered every
month -- more energy than all the oil in the middle
east. And twice as much more available in
Converting our federal vehicles quickly is a genius idea that came from
nationally syndicated financial expert Bob
Brinker. He realized that foreign oil suppliers
will drop the price of gas to $2.00 in a hurry to stop us from using
our enormous reserves of natural gas. This is an
all-win, no-lose initiative for you. All you have to
do is sign a piece of paper. (Mr. President, you have to
be smart enough to at least bluff OPEC a little. It
This will save our working families hundreds of billions every year in
the cost of fuel and create millions of jobs -- without
more national debt.
Any federal agency that does not want to buy natural gas,
dual-fuel vehicles can op out. But your executive
order alone will cause foreign oil suppliers to think twice
about blackmailing the U.S. for oil. It tells
them where we are going -- and that we will not need their oil in ten
years or so.
Why does this work? The federal government is the biggest
purchaser of new vehicles. The automakers
already sell dual-fuel cars that run on natural gas or gasoline (or
ethanol) for utility companies and taxis companies all over the
country who gladly pay a higher price for these
dual-fuel vehicles because their fuel costs are reduced.
With the federal government purchasing millions of natural
gas vehicles, car manufacturers will quickly make natural gas
cars and light trucks available to everyone at no big price increase
over conventional gasoline cars. Natural
gas is available in almost all urban areas where most of the commuting
is done. It is easy to fuel natural gas cars at home.
This initiative does not force any private citizen to buy natural
gas/dual-fuel cars right now, or in the future.
This will not cost the government an extra dime. But it will
bring the price of gas down to $2.00 and stop bankrupting millions
of working families in America. Other countries power
all their cars on natural gas. Natural gas is easy to use in
vehicles and it delivers great performance. If you
take this simple action to build the market for CNG
dual-fuel cars, most new cars purchased by citizens will be
running on CNG within a few years.
Think of it this way: If we had a national surplus of
wheat for the next 100 years, what would you do if the price of
corn was beyond the reach of working families? Common sense says
use the wheat as a staple instead of corn in our food
products. For the last three years, your
administration has forced working families to stand in line for
the expensive corn ($4.00 gas to go to work). That is
not very smart. In fact, it is cruel and senseless
punishment of millions of working families who trusted you to
represent them. The American public is catching on.
You had better do something long before the next election.
Over 200,000 of these natural gas vehicles are already
being used by smart municipalities and companies, with tens of
thousands more every year (you can buy a new natural gas Honda
now). The big car manufacturers have been making them
for years (at extra cost). No new design or technology is
needed. The huge federal market will motivate
the car manufacturers to supply natural gas cars at reasonable
prices for American workers. (Federal agencies can op out for a
while if they have good reasons.) Our abundant natural gas
is everywhere for fueling cars. Private
citizens do not need to change anything in their cars right now.
But they will be able to buy an inexpensive natural gas,
dual-fuel car when they need a new one.
Your Department of Energy has not delivered the promise of
“alternative fuel.” But DOE has kept the price
of gas high by refusing to open up our oil resources.
This is cruel. You must stop punishing 100 million
struggling families in America. If you don’t
take action soon, you will be denying them full use of our largest
natural resource – natural gas. You must use the biggest club we
have to force the price of foreign oil down to where it will no
longer bankrupt the low-income families of America. High
gas prices are a major burden on our economy. Many low
income families have lost their homes since you came into office
because they could not pay both their mortgages and the additional
$2,000 a year for gas to go to work.
- Natural gas is the only significant “alternative transportation fuel”
that will be available over the ten to twenty years. And it
is available everywhere, right now!
- Dual-fuel natural gas+gasoline(or ethanol) cars will suddenly be
available to the general public at no increased cost. Car
makers now deliver them for utilities and Taxis.
- The middle east oil countries know how much natural gas
we have. They are terrified that we start using it and less of
their oil. They will bring the price of gas down to $2 a
gallon and keep it there to discourage our conversion.
The biggest worry for the foreign oil suppliers is that we will start
using our enormous natural gas supplies, now estimated to
supply the U.S. more than 100 years. The price of gasoline
will drop to $2.00 per gallon or less – even before we
convert large numbers of our vehicles to natural gas.
American workers – and the economy -- will applaud you.
The outrage of $5 gas is coming soon - probably next
year. It will wipe out the recovery and your administration in
the next election. It must be stopped.
Challenge the foreign oil suppliers with America’s most abundant
and cleanest transportation fuel, NATURAL GAS.
We can still use all the ethanol our farmers can make in these
dual-fuel cars. Conversion to natural gas cars sounds
like a long and expensive transition. Not at all! You
don’t need to force anyone. All you need to do is start the ball
rolling with a million government cars switched over to dual fuel
SIMPLY ANNOUNCING A REAL U.S. GOVERNMENT INITIATIVE TO USE
NATURAL GAS FOR TRANSPORTATION FUEL WILL BRING THE PRICE OF CRUDE
OIL DOWN BELOW $50 A BARREL AND GAS DOWN TO $2.00 FOR THE
SRRUGGLING AMERICAN WORKING PUBLIC --RIGHT NOW, NOT FIVE
YEARS FROM NOW.
* ADVICE TO PRESIDENT OBAMA PUBLISHED IN THE WASHINGTON POST, 25 FEBRUARY 2009, PAGE A2
The ad below was placed in the Washington Post on 25 Feb 2009 by Bill
Wattenburg. It appeared on page A2 at the bottom left corner. Bill
Wattenburg paid for this ad to send a direct message to the president
that both he and Bob Brinker believe is extremely important. They have
given the president their most constructive ideas and advice. Bob
Brinker and Bill Wattenburg do not work for the natural gas industry.