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E-M:/ Clean Cars in Detroit this Sunday

Enviro-Mich message from "Patrick Diehl" <patmec@voyager.net>

Want to see environmentally-friendly, fuel-efficient, gasoline-electric
hybrid cars up close?  Head to the 2001 North American International Auto
Show this Sunday, January 7, beginning at 9:45 a.m. and you can watch owners
of the Honda Insight and Toyota Prius drive their vehicles in a continuous
loop in front of Detroit's Cobo Hall to draw attention to the need for
domestic automakers to build cleaner cars.

A number of environmental groups - including the Michigan Environmental
Council (MEC), the Ecology Center, the Natural Resources Defense Council,
the Union of Concerned Scientists and Environmental Defense - will host a
Clean Car Campaign press conference beginning at 10:30 in Plaza Room A & B
of the Pontchartrain Hotel (on Larned at Shelby) to discuss the need for
American auto manufacturers to produce and market vehicles that are
practical, affordable and environmentally superior to today's models.
Organizers will also describe the negative consequences of NOT bringing
domestic hybrids to the U.S. marketplace.

Documenting consumers' growing demand for environmental choice, the Clean
Car Campaign collected more than 150,000 signatures from individuals who
challenge automakers to offer cleaner vehicles.  These pledges call for
automobiles that a) deliver 50 percent better fuel efficiency as compared to
other vehicles in the same class, b) meet California's super-ultra low
emission vehicle (SULEV) standard for smog-forming pollution, and c) are
cleanly manufactured using non-toxic, recyclable materials.

"The people who took this pledge are challenging automakers to offer
appealing vehicles that meet the standard in every market segment," said
Kevin Mills, a senior attorney with Environmental Defense.  "They represent
the tip of the iceberg of consumer demand for cleaner vehicle choices."

Insight and Pruis owners - including MEC Policy Specialist Isaac Elnecave -
will be on hand to showcase their cars and to take interested media
representatives for a free spin around the block.


Patrick Diehl
Associate Director
Michigan Environmental Council
119 Pere Marquette, Suite 2A
Lansing, Michigan 48912
517-487-9541 fax
e-mail: patmec@voyager.net

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