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Local Couple Educates Kids About Alternative Fuels

By: Heather Abraham
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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Pittsburghers Murry and Cindy Gerber have been touring the country in a vehicle that runs on natural gas.

They’re teaching middle school students about the importance of clean energy.

“I swear if those kids were in charge, we would be energy independent today,” Murry Gerber said.

“There’s a real natural curiosity and interest and we’ve seen that really among this age group,” Cindy Gerber said.

“Natural gas cars are better for the environment and better for people,” 6th Grader Ali Salaam said.

The vehicle they’re showing off is a Hummer version of the natural gas vehicle (NGV).

By avoiding the gasoline pump, they are saving a lot of cash.

“Natural gas is about, it’s averaging about a dollar and a half a gallon as we’ve gone across the country,” Murry Gerber said.

However, unlike your corner gas stations, natural gas stations are few and far between. As a result, the Gerbers had to pack some extra tanks for their cross-country trip.

“In some cases, we had to go over 350 miles to get from one station to another station for fueling,” Murry Gerber said.

The students at Arsenal Middle School learned a lot, but seemed even more excited to tell their parents about it.

“I can tell my mom about it so she doesn’t have to pay for gas because she can get natural gas for $1.50,” Salaam said.

The Gerber’s trip will conclude in New York City on May 12.

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