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Colorado buys CNG vehicles, but state workers fill'em up with petrol

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Colorado officials bought 240 new vehicles powered by compressed natural gas, but it will be a while before the state reaps any environmental benefits.

The reason is many of the vehicles are being used in areas that lack CNG fueling stations, according to Watchdog.org.

The vehicles cost $8 million, with the bill for each of them being anywhere from $7,000 to $11,000 more than conventional gasoline-powered units.

"Because of the lack of fueling stations, state workers apparently continue to run many of the vehicles on more expensive gasoline, negating any of the environmental benefits and cost savings touted by supporters of the more expensive vehicles, memos and emails," Watchdog.org said.

Read the full story here.

Mark Tapscott is executive editor of the Washington Examiner.
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