Reality Check

NATURAL-GAS BOOSTERS SAY the stuff is the fuel of the future. Cleaner-burning than oil, it's prevalent in the U.S. and prices are up more than 100% in two years, making it a domestic drillers' delight. A broad alliance stretching from the Sierra Club to Amoco to the White House is urging the nation's power plants, cars, and trucks to convert to natural gas. One industry group, the Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition, aims to push usage to 10%, or some 20 million vehicles, by 2010.

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