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Squawk of the day - July 2, 2012

"A hint to Joshua Murfree. If you want to score big and save a lot of money for the DCSS, modify every school bus and transport vehicle to use natural gas. The press will go wild and you will be heralded as a leader. You might save enough to cancel the unpaid furloughs."

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 1 month ago

And how many years will it take to pay back that so-called "investment"? And while he's at it, don't forget to figure out where all them busses will be able to get a "fill up". Hey, while you're at it, why not make high school available online? That will really save some money.

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waltspecht 2 years, 1 month ago

Conversions cost money, true. However with the City being it's own supplier of Natural Gas the savings should be far greater than other areas. It also burns cleaner and has less pollutants. Not much involved in rigging up a dispensing station. They should go slowly, until it proves itself. Take 20 busses of similar milage. Convert 10 to Natural Gas and then run a years cost comparison on the twenty.

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J.D._Sumner 2 years, 1 month ago

Walt, I'm not familiar with the city having any natural gas manufacturing facilities, I know they buy it through WG&L but it's stored out in Louisiana.

About the closest alternative is the county and the methane generated at the landfill, but that's been dedicated to MCLB.

I know both the city and WG&L have looked at the feasibility of switching to Natural Gas and James Taylor has it on his 5-year plan, but the cost to retrofit existing vehicles and the need for a pump station are the biggest impediments right now, at least as I understand it.

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waltspecht 2 years, 1 month ago

I meant the City has access to the pipeline thrrough WG&L. The cost is why it should be tried on a small scale to prove the payback prior to full implimentation. With the abundance of Natural Gas available without import, the price has been falling for a year. It has increased slightly lately, but is still cheaper.

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FlunkyMonkey 2 years, 1 month ago

It would make sense IF the natural gas was supplied by the city. However, this city is not known for doing what makes sense.

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scooby62 2 years, 1 month ago

The City of Albany is like the military. If it makes sense, they don't do it.

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RedEric 2 years, 1 month ago

The Murfrees gang would violently oppose such a move as it would be a return to the Jim Crow days what with someone telling them what to do and how to do it and such. They didn't fight for freedom just to give it up that easily especially to a bunch of racists.

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tocar 2 years, 1 month ago

This would probably turn out to be one more reckless decision by our city with a tax increase. We can't do anything that makes sense in this city.

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VSU 2 years, 1 month ago

We's can'ts has no whites peoples tells us whats to dos. Those days are over.

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J.D._Sumner 2 years, 1 month ago

The squawk is about the school system, no?

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scooby62 2 years, 1 month ago

DCSS needs to do what is right for the students and not what will line their pockets.

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jglass 2 years, 1 month ago

J.D., I thought that is what the squawk was about.......did we miss something?

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Cartman 2 years, 1 month ago

Stay focused everyone. We are talking school buses here. Stay on target.

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FryarTuk 2 years, 1 month ago

It's a rational proposition. If the city, county, DCSS, WG&L could cooperate it could be a win-win situation and particularly for the tax payers. The city of Atlanta did it with their buses during the 1996 Olympics. There is no downside here. James Taylor doesn't need to study it for five years. There's more solid research on this than anyone down town has time to read.

WG&L is a supplier of natural gas waltspecht is correct.

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