During difficult economic times, InVeritas’ Ruth Whitney has taken a leading role in encouraging the development of alternative fuels. Drawing from her extensive legal and governmental experience, Ruth offered guidance in working with the Arkansas Legislature to find the nexus between economic development and environmental sustainability. She focused on the words and goals of Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe, who stated publicly that he did “not believe that environmental concerns and business interests can exist on opposing sides of an issue that has such a global impact. We must come together to find common ground to guide us forward…Arkansas can and will compete in the new alternative-energy economy in the global marketplace.” Ruth worked with Arkansas Representative Allen Maxwell to draft and pass HB2002, a bill that first added compressed natural gas to a pre-existing list of “alternative fuels,” and then increased the maximum incentive for alternative fuel infrastructure from $50,000 to $300,000. After winning the approval of the Joint Energy Committee, HB2002 passed the House by a vote of 93-1. It passed the Senate without opposition. The bill was signed by the Governor and became Act 977 on April 7, 2009, making the production and distribution of compressed natural gas, a fuel that is cheaper, cleaner and more domestic than regular gasoline, eligible for $20 million worth of alternative energy grants offered by the Arkansas Department of Agriculture.