SLOW RISE SEEN FOR NATURAL GAS AS U.S. MOTOR FUEL

Natural gas has a better shot at the U.S. transportation fuel market than ever before, in part because it now has "sponsorship." But it still won't make significant inroads into that market without government help, at least in the beginning. That's the analysis provided by natural gas vehicle advocate Boone Pickens late last month at the Houston Club's Distinguished Speaker Series luncheon. "Electric cars don't have a chance," he said.

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