Wednesday, November 25, 2009

An appeal for cleaner, more efficient cars

Posted By on Wed, Nov 25, 2009 at 12:55 PM

Now that the U.S. government has a financial stake in the American auto industry, it's advisable to watch legislation involving that sector all the closer.

Here's an opportunity to tell the government what you think about new auto standards. Note: the public comment period ends Friday.


The Obama administration has proposed new standards that would require new cars sold in the U.S. to average 34.1 mpg, cutting our greenhouse gas emissions and saving us money.

There's just one problem: loopholes in the new standards would allow automakers to dodge the new regulations instead of meeting them...

BUT we have a chance to close the loopholes and strengthen the rule if we act before Friday, the 27th!

Please write the EPA and the Department of Transportation (DOT) right now, and urge them to close the loopholes that would allow automakers to evade the new standards.

The EPA and the DOT have asked for comments from the public by Friday, before they implement the Obama Administration's proposal.

It's hard to overstate what's at stake here: we must cut greenhouse gas emissions dramatically in order to avoid climate catastrophe, and we must cut them now!

Making our cars more fuel-efficient is one of the most effective ways to accomplish this.

If the proposed standards are enacted, the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from the vehicles sold in model years 2012-2016 would equal 950 million metric tons – the equivalent of shutting down 204 coal-fired power plants for a whole year!

During the same time period these standards could save American car owners 1.8 billion barrels of oil. That's money we'll keep in our pockets – instead of shipping it to countries like Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, Libya, and Nigeria.

Tell the EPA and DOT that we can't afford to enact weak standards.

Please don't delay – we only have until next Friday to make our voices heard and force them to close these dangerous loopholes.

Once you've taken action, please forward this message to your friends and family to keep our momentum going strong!

Thanks for all that you do to protect the environment.


Michael Town

Campaign Director,

Here's President Obama announcing his emission standard goals:

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