A nationwide education effort to promote the ways propane can help cut greenhouse gas emissions, improve air quality, lower energy costs, and reduce America’s dependence on foreign oil was announced by the propane industry.
Led by the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC), the goal is to inform the country of how expanding the use of propane could begin cutting emissions of greenhouse gases immediately. Propane is a low-carbon alternative fuel that emits lower amounts of greenhouse gases and smog-producing hydrocarbons than conventional fuels, such as coal, emit.
Propane also boasts the most robust nationwide infrastructure of any alternative fuel, meaning it is ready for expansion beyond rural households immediately.
Advocates see propane as a natural complement to the renewable and alternative energies — like wind, solar, natural gas, and ethanol — that are frequently cited in any energy discussion. Propane is clean, it’s American-made, and it can be put to work right now.
About 95 percent of propane, a byproduct of natural gas processing and crude oil refining, is produced in North America, much of it from natural gas found in the United States. As more U.S. natural gas reserves are explored, more propane can be produced domestically.
Despite the environmental and energy self-reliance advantages of propane, it is often overlooked as a viable national energy option. The propane industry’s desire to change that omission is central to the campaign, rolling out nationwide with television, radio, newsmagazine, and online advertising beginning to appear this week and continuing through 2009.
For more information about propane and how to make every energy choice count toward a better future, visit www.propane.com.