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Re: E-M:/ N.E.T. statement on CAFE hearing



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Enviro-Mich message from williamtobler@critterswoods.org
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"Full methodology and background for these figures are available."

Where?




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> Enviro-Mich message from Vicki Levengood <vleven@ameritech.net>
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> FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
>
> May 3, 2006
>
>
> Contact:
> Kymberly Escobar, 202.887.8814
> Vicki Levengood, 517.333.5786
>
> Statement of Kevin S. Curtis, Vice President, National
> Environmental Trust, on today?s CAFE hearing
>
> WASHINGTON, D.C. ? This morning, the House of
> Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee held a
> hearing on legislation that would give the president
> authority to overhaul passenger vehicle fuel economy
> standards.
>
> ?The president doesn?t lack authority; he lacks the
> will to act, and Congress can?t give him that.  It
> can, however, step up to fill the leadership void by
> passing strong fuel economy standards this year.
>
> ?Drivers would be saving hundreds of dollars this year
> if President Bush used the authority he already has to
> raise fuel economy standards when he first took
> office.?
>
> ?Today?s hearing is just an excuse for election-year
> environmentalists to talk about CAFE without doing
> anything that could upset the U.S. auto industry.
> Politicians spent the last three decades catering to
> Detroit, and all we have to show for it is falling
> market share and rising pain at the pump.?
>
> BACKGROUND
>
> President Bush has asked Congress for authority to
> revise our nation?s CAFE standards, but his proposed
> changes guarantee neither oil savings nor increased
> mileage.
> http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2006/04/20060428-9.html
>
> According to calculations by the National
> Environmental Trust, had President Bush started a
> decade-long phase-in of a 36 mile-per-gallon standard
> for cars and light trucks shortly after he took
> office, the average vehicle would already be saving
> 114 gallons of gas this year.  At today?s gas prices,
> that amounts to $338.13 saved at the pump this year
> alone. Full methodology and background for these
> figures are available.
>
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