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October 05, 2020   |   Diesel Technology Forum

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Choose Purple: If Diesel were a candidate, would it be Republican or Democrat?

Diesel reaches across the aisle - to be both the economically powerful technology to get the job done today while advancing the clean air and greenhouse gas reduction benefits needed to be a sustainable technology for tomorrow. It’s a solid shade of purple.

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Diesel reaches across the aisle - to be both the economically powerful technology to get the job done today while advancing the clean air and greenhouse gas reduction benefits needed to be a sustainable technology for tomorrow.



In this high season of election year politics, lines are drawn, candidates have staked out their positions and voters are already voting to decide who will lead the next chapter in U.S. history.   

What’s needed in a leader? A steady hand with proven performance, reliable, able to do the job at hand - having enough power and durability to withstand the rigors of leadership, and of course advancing policies and ideas that make sense and lead us forward. Extreme views on either side may motivate supporters, but are rarely realized in meaningful policy.

But for a minute, what if fuels and technologies were candidates for President? What political party affiliation would they be? Would we choose them?

What party affiliation would Diesel be – Republican red or Democrat blue? Some would immediately see red and align with the ideology most associated with Republicans - fossil fuels. But Diesel is a truly conservative when it comes to fuel consumption. Diesel’s dominance as the prime mover in 15 sectors of the global economy has shades of both red and blue. But what about diesel’s efficiency, near zero emissions performance and renewable fuel suitability? That a diesel engine does not need to use diesel fuel to do its work, instead perform with 100 percent renewable biofuels a trait that might be aligned more with Democratic blue-state ideology.

The fact is that neither red nor blue traditional political labels fit well for Diesel. Sure, it’s a traditional technology that uses fossil fuels, but it is also a technology that utilizes an increasing amount of renewable biofuels that are low carbon, and can contribute toward achieving climate change goals - today.  And it’s a technology platform that has progressively evolved to achieve near zero emissions for all new engines large and small. 

av 日本It’s where products sporting hybridization and electrified components are on the road, jobsites and farm fields today, demonstrating how an “old” technology can still be a continuous improver to reduce fuel consumption and fewer emissions, whatever kind of fuel it may be using, petroleum, bio or a mix thereof. And it’s a technology with new emissions reduction and efficiency milestones and regulations on the books for the future, so there is more to come.

In the end, Diesel reaches across the aisle - to be both the economically powerful technology to get the job done today while advancing the clean air and greenhouse gas reduction benefits needed to be a sustainable technology for tomorrow. It’s a solid shade of purple.

 

 



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