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Alt Fuels: One More Reason to Love Our National Parks

Glacier National Park has offered biodiesel shuttles since 2007

Glacier National Park. Photo: GlacierNPS via Flickr

The naturalist John Muir once wrote, “Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul alike.” That may explain why more than 270 million visitors flocked to U.S. National Parks in 2013. All those people mean plenty of cars, though, so the Department of Energy’s Clean Cities program is working to protect our parks from pollution by finding ways to support and promote clean and alternative fuel usage within their boundaries.

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