The Newest Way to Play the Natural Gas Boom

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The following video is part of our "Motley Fool Conversations" series, in which industrials editor/analyst Brendan Byrnes and consumer-goods editor and analyst Austin Smith discuss topics around the investing world.

In today's edition, Brendan and Austin discuss a major milestone for natural gas as a transportation fuel. Chrysler (owned by Fiat) will be the first automaker to manufacture a factory-built pickup that is mostly powered by natural gas. GM has also announced that it will sell natural gas pickups, but its trucks will be sent to a supplier to be converted. Ford also has been developing natural gas engine technology with natural gas engine converter Westport Innovations. Brendan discusses whether natural gas as a transportation fuel is ready for prime time -- and whether these auto companies can ride the wave of cheap natural gas to bigger profits.

If you believe the Natural Gas Act 2011 will change the face of energy consumption in one of our nation's largest industries, you must read The Motley Fool's special free report: "1 Stock to Own Before Nat Gas Act 2011 Becomes Law." It highlights one of the up-and-coming companies that Brendan discussed in the video. The report is free, but it won't be forever, so grab a copy while you still can. Click here now to access your copy. Fool on!

At the time this article was published Austin Smith has no positions in the stocks mentioned above. Brendan Byrnes and The Motley Fool own shares of Ford.Motley Fool newsletter services recommendFord, General Motors and Westport Innovations. Try any of our Foolish newsletter servicesfree for 30 days. We Fools don't all hold the same opinions, but we all believe thatconsidering a diverse range of insightsmakes us better investors. The Motley Fool has adisclosure policy.

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