Policy Statement on Alternative Fuels

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) resolves that government should not mandate what type of motor vehicle or fuel is best.  Instead, it should set reasonable emission performance standards and allow the private sector flexibility to develop vehicles and fuels which will meet these standards at an acceptable cost and with satisfactory vehicle performance.  ALEC believes that any alternative fuel used should be environmentally cleaner than the fossil fuel that it will replace.  There are concerns currently with the production of formaldehyde emissions from methanol fuels, and ALEC strongly feels that these environmental concerns should be fully studied.

ALEC believes that the use of alternative motor vehicle fuels such as propane, compressed natural gas, methanol, ethanol, and reformulated gasoline has potential to help reduce air pollution in our nation’s cities. But selecting a fuel and vehicle for widespread use now could unnecessarily foreclose other approaches with potential to satisfy air quality goals at less cost and inconvenient to motorists.

Government should support this process by encourage alternative fuel vehicle development and demonstration programs through tax incentives, grants, and other similar means.  At the same time, the government should encourage efforts to improve emissions controls on vehicles using gasoline and diesel fuel through advanced engine design, improved emission control systems, and fuel properties which enhance emission control.

Through such testing, the advantages and disadvantages of all alternative fuels and vehicles would become clearer and a sound decision would be made that would best serve the environment and the consumer.

Approved by ALEC Board of Directors in 1998.

Reapproved by ALEC Board of Directors on January 28, 2012.

Keyword Tags: Alternative Fuels, Energy, Environmental Health