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Propane Industry Desperate To Be The 'Near-Zero Emissions' School Bus Solution

School bus driver checking multiple aspects of the bus before route.
School bus driver checking multiple aspects of the bus before route.

The half-million school buses across the United States are expected to be replaced over the next two decades. While electric buses are viewed as an ideal replacement for the diesel-powered fleet, the fossil fuel industry is trying to sell the fabricated idea of propane as a cheaper “near-zero emissions” alternative.

The Propane Education Research Council (PERC), a trade association established by Congress in the 1990s, is the most powerful group trying to sway school districts from sea to shining sea. Vox has a deep-dive summary of how expansive PERC’s propaganda campaign is and how far the organization is willing to bend the truth on propane’s environmental impact.

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The industry frequently uses the phrase “near-zero emissions” to describe the propane bus. This is disingenuous. The EPA recognizes that propane buses produce some lower emissions, like nitrogen oxides, than other fuels, but they still do pollute. Propane still emits many of the same hazardous pollutants as diesel, and the industry fully ignores the toll of greenhouse gas emissions.

Vox outlines how school buses are the front line in the struggle to transition heavy vehicles to zero emissions power as the fossil fuel industry fights to secure a significant market for the foreseeable future. Be sure to read the entire story here.

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