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My colleague Katie Fehrenbacher reports that the Department of Energy’s ARPA-E research funding program will be giving out $30 million to companies working on next-generation natural gas vehicle technology. The light duty passenger vehicle side of the natural gas vehicle equation seems farther off. But if natural gas hawks like T. Boone Pickens persuade Congress to provide subsidies to natural gas transportation efforts and natural gas prices stay close to their current low levels, the medium and long haul trucking industry is likely to see many more natural gas vehicles with excitement around dual use diesel/natural gas vehicles. For more on the potential for natural gas to become a significant transportation fuel, check out my recent weekly update.