Texas absent from agreement to promote natural gas cars

Four governors from natural gas-producing states banded together last week to push for the development of affordable natural gas vehicles.

The pact made sense. All four governors hailed from states whose economies have directly benefited from the domestic boom in natural gas production.

There was No. 5 domestic natural-gas producer, Colorado. Nos. 2 and 3, Wyoming and Oklahoma, signed it, too. Even No. 12 – Pennsylvania – hopped on board.

Conspicuously absent was the nation’s top natural gas producer – Texas.

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin took the lead on the Memorandum of Understanding, in which the governors agreed to work together to add natural gas vehicles to their state fleets.

Her office told me that an invitation to join the NGV agreement was extended to Gov. Rick Perry and every other governor in the country. But Fallin’s office hasn’t received a response from the Texas governor.

When I called Perry’s office, a spokesman’s emailed response said that the office was reviewing the governors’ agreement. Spokesman Josh Havens then noted Perry’s recent moves in support of natural gas vehicles, including his approval of state incentives for companies that purchase natural gas vehicles and funding for natural gas fueling stations in Texas.

When I asked him when Perry’s office will make a decision on whether or not to join the MOU, he emailed me again:

“Our office is still reviewing it.”