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“Dependence Day” Study Finds that Increasing Vehicle Gas Mileage Would Save Michiganders Over $770 Million at the Pump
Ann Arbor, MI— With gasoline prices hovering around $3 a gallon and Congress poised to vote on a proposal to increase automobile gas mileage standards to at least 33 miles per gallon (mpg), Environment Michigan marked “Dependence Day” by releasing an analysis by the Union of Concerned Scientists documenting the benefits of a 33 mpg standard and calling on Representatives Conyers and Schwarz to support it.
Dependence Day is the day each year when the
“The best way to break
As soon as the first week of June, the U.S. House of Representatives is likely to consider a bill introduced by Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) that allows the Bush administration to re-structure the fuel economy program for passenger cars without guaranteeing that cars actually get better gas mileage. Reps. Ed Markey (D-MA) and Sherwood Boehlert (R-NY) plan to introduce an amendment to the bill requiring an increase in the average fuel economy of cars and SUVs to at least 33 mpg by 2016.
“The good news is that we already have the technology to make our
cars and SUVs get 40 mpg,” said Shriberg.
“We need Congress to put American and
The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) has estimated that increasing
the fuel economy of cars and SUVs to 33 mpg by 2016 would reduce
“If Representatives Conyers and Schwarz are serious about reducing America’s dependence on oil and saving consumers money at the pump, it’s time to support real action to make our cars go farther on a gallon of gas,” stated Shriberg.