There are more than 250 million vehicles on the road in the U.S., and of those only 142,000 are powered by natural gas, T. Boone Pickens said. Pickens, whose plan for autos would initially emphasize heavy-duty trucks, said he’d like to see 1.3 million trucks running on natural gas by 2014. (7/9, #17)

[Editors’ note: in 1990, the Natural Gas Vehicle Association set a target of 10 million CNG vehicles on U.S. roads by the year 2000. They didn’t come close. The Pickens Plan has a steep hill to climb, but it’s a story to follow.]