The GreenBuilt Coalition was a public-private partnership in Freedemia between the Freedemian Government, major car makers like Starmobile, and major national fuel companies like Saturn Fuel, Moovon, ThreeStar, and Profuel made in 1997 under President Sarah Gerbertson. Fuel companies and automakers agreed to finish an already started transition to natural gas, hydrogen, and electric fuels from gasoline, and fuel companies began to redesign their stations with green roofs and solar panels on their fuel station shelters as renovation was needed and at new stations being constructed. New fuel station construction was also to include green construction at new convenience stores as well.
Transition to Natural Gas, Hydrogen, and Electric Fuels
In the transition, natural gas won out and would become the largest replacement for gasoline in the country, even to today. This was a very controversial decision, as natural gas isn't generally much more environmentally friendly than gasoline, with only a slightly lower carbon footprint. President Gerbertson had made many promises about the nation going green. However, it appeared that choosing natural gas as the primary replacement for gasoline was a compromise with the major fuel companies, who feared greener forms like electric or hydrogen would render their refineries and fuel pumps useless and cost them millions, if not billions, of dollars. Gerbertson faced huge amounts of backlash for her decision. However, major fact checking companies and analysts did later credit her for taking a step that would have stopped the entire coalition from falling through.
Natural Gas would grow between 1997 and 2014 to fuel 62% of vehicles in Freedemia. Hydrogen, once considered the most promising alternative, was basically abandoned, as the technology needed to make it truly work did not yet exist. It would not be until 2015 that Saturn Fuel would launch research into hydrogen, a project that will likely not be nationwide until 2040 or so. Electric became the second largest replacement at 31%, and hydrogen was only at 1%. Gasoline had dropped to 4% of the nation's vehicles, something Gerbertson would later consider a big win.
Most fuel stations now offer natural gas and electric fuel. Some larger stations still offer gasoline, and a few very major stations offer hydrogen fuel.
Backlash and Gerbertson's bid for reelection
President Sarah Gerbertson was one of the few presidents that ran for president a second time after having been president for a term and vice president for a term. Gerbertson was as a whole a relatively popular president, with a 48% approval rating, and expected to win or at least easily come in second. However, Harris Graham and Robert Kenderson would team up against her in the 1998 election, and used the issues and scandals with the GreenBuilt Coalition against her, calling her a "sell-out" for giving in to "big interests" like the gasoline industry instead of "keeping her word" on going green. While the accusations were biased and unfair, they were technically true, and Gerbertson could not adequately dispute their claims. Gerbertson found her approval going down the drain from the attacks, and after a close race for second, barely came in third. Graham, at the time liked for his outspokenness and "honesty" (though he would later be charged with corruption), won with 39% of the vote, and Kenderson, with 20.6%, would barely beat Gerbertson for third place, who received 20.3%.
Green construction at fuel stations
Most urban fuel stations, especially in large cities like Quentinsburgh and Laneston/Vandover, now have green shelters with plant life and solar panels on the roofs. Rural stations are taking longer to transition, as available finances are usually lower and there is usually less need to renovate. Newer stations are built with green construction in the buildings and with solar panels, plant life, or both on top of pump shelters.