That bill included tax credits for truck makers, buyers of natural gas vehicles and for building natural gas fueling stations.
The congressmen said that to “incentivize” the use of natural gas in the trucking industry, a bill should include weight exemptions for fleets, because natural gas fuel tanks are heavier, and possibly provide a credit on the federal excise tax on trucks that reflects the higher price of natural gas powered trucks versus conventional units.
Sullivan — who is stepping down in January — said he did not consider such tax credits to be subsidies but agreed that Congress is in no mood to help underwrite the use of natural gas or write comprehensive legislation.
“Frankly, at some point in time, we’re going to have to have a sit down with . . . environmental organizations with the idea of saying, ‘Look, we’re moving forward, do you want your input in here?’” Terry said.