American reform needs to dabble in diesel

Leaders of the diesel industry have called on the Obama administration to recognise the importance of diesel power in his announcement for new infrastructure plans. President Obama’s speech on creating […]

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By Tom Gibson

Leaders of the diesel industry have called on the Obama administration to recognise the importance of diesel power in his announcement for new infrastructure plans.

President Obama’s speech on creating American jobs highlighted the capacity for a jobs boom relying on transport and infrastructure. The President said: “Pass this jobs bill, and we can put people to work rebuilding America. Everyone here knows that we have badly decaying roads and bridges all over this country. Our highways are clogged with traffic.”

The Diesel Technology Forum, a non-profit educational organisation dedicated to raising awareness about the economic importance and essential uses of diesel engines, praised recent technological developments of diesel engines by saying American diesel manufacturers are “ready and able” to meet the challenge of rebuilding America after recession.

Allen Schaeffer, the Executive Director of the Forum said it was important to remember that diesel was becoming a much greener technology: “After more than a decade of research and development, and billions in investments in cleaner fuels, advanced engines and emissions controls, the new generation of diesel technology is now at the forefront of the cleanest and most energy-efficient technologies available.

“These can be green construction projects as well, thanks to the new generation of clean diesel technology, machines and equipment, the ultra-low sulfur diesel fuels, and the use of advanced emissions controls. Use of high quality renewable and biodiesel fuels adds yet another green component.”

According to the Diesel Technology Forum, 94% of global trade is powered by diesel engines. They say no other source of power is as reliable or efficient.