City of Lake Charles increasing use of alternative fuels - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

City of Lake Charles increasing use of alternative fuels

(Source: City of Lake Charles) (Source: City of Lake Charles)
The City of Lake Charles wants to lighten its impact on the environment. Over the past year, workers have transitioned some city machines to alternative fuels.

"We recognize that we need to do more to promote alternative fuels, and we think environmentally, it's a good thing to do and that it can be cost-effective," said Lake Charles Mayor, Randy Roach.

The first big push was to transition city lawn mowers to propane. It's a small start to converting to cleaner gas, but a start city leaders said will make a positive impact.

"The statistic that always stays with me is that one hour of a regular lawn mower at home, mowing for one hour, produces as much ozone as an automobile being driven for two miles,” said Roach.

Three city trucks have also been changed to propane, as well as a few forklifts and other equipment at the public works yard.

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