Clean Cities Facts
Reducing America's "addiction to oil" is important to our security, economy and environment. Policy makers and Americans of all political persuasions want action now.
Fortunately, we already have a coordinated federal deployment initiative devoted to energy security. It's called Clean Cities. Over 90 community or state-based coalitions, are working to make America more energy secure by displacing petroleum with cleaner domestic fuels and increasing vehicle efficiency. These voluntary public/private partnerships bring together state and local governments, alternative fuel interests, vehicle manufacturers, fleet managers, non-government organizations, and private citizens. Clean Cities coalitions have plans and targets for oil displacement through various initiatives
Clean Cities coalitions have been increasing their AFVs at a growth rate of approximately 17% per year, and project similar progress in the future. In areas without coalitions growth is much lower.
Incredibly, as the sense of urgency about America's petroleum dependence has increased in recent years, Clean Cities funding has diminished. The staff and stakeholders within local and state coalitions are passionate, experienced and effective champions. Our collective expertise and cohesive networks are needed now more than ever before. Investments in this Clean Cities network are needed now to help curb America's dangerous addition to oil. We ask your support for the U.S. Department of Energy's Clean Cities program, including support for the national network of coalitions.
Many individual coalitions also support specific policies to further advance the goal of energy independence. These include tax incentives for deployment of various alternative fuels and acquisition of more fuel efficient vehicles, research and development efforts related to advance vehicle technologies, and biofuels production. These and other policies will improve the energy security of the U.S. today and in the near future while assisting in the long-term transition to a hydrogen economy.