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Governors Envision Green Highway

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The I-5 highway stretches from the Canadian border all the way to Mexico, and governors in Washington, Oregon and California are hoping to make the border-to-border byway a Green Highway.

The highway would include a series of alternative fueling stations throughout the entire length of the highway to give motorists the change to charge, or swap out, their electric-vehicle batteries or fill their tanks with biodiesel, ethanol, hydrogen or compressed natural gas.

Planning for public support and coordination is in the works with plans that could begin to take formation in Washington as early as this summer. The three states' transportation departments have also been discussing ways to bring the green highway to life.

Of the plans discussed biodiesel continues to be the only real alternative fuel option for heavy transportation. And as NBB CEO Joe Jobe says, "It is the heavy duty trucks that move the freight, and the freight that moves the economy."

According to Washington planners, the green highway marks the first time states have collaborated to ensure alternative fuel infrastructure is consistently available along a travel route.

From The Biodiesel Bulletin April 2009 - A montly publication of the National Biodiesel Board

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