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Enviro-Mich message from "Anne Woiwode" <Anne.Woiwode@sierraclub.org>
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With the increasingly bad news on the auto industry, here are people showing
the strong support for building the clean cars in this country -- The clean
car "slideshow" here http://www.sierraclub.org/energy/cleancars/slideshow/
includes 9 cars or trucks from the Big Three that are meeting the clean car
standards in the California law.  


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 5, 2009
CONTACT: Josh Dorner, 202.675.2384


Sierra Club Unveils Photo Petition, Virtual Clean Cars Show In Conjunction
                   with EPA Hearing on California Waiver
   People from Across the Country Agree: EPA Holds the Key to Clean Cars


Washington, D.C.-Sierra Club today unveiled the results of a new online
effort demonstrating public support for the California Clean Car (Pavley)
standards in conjunction with its testimony at a crucial Environmental
Protection Agency hearing on the issue being held today.  The hearing is
part of the Obama Administration's review of the previous administration's
unlawful denial of the Clean Air Act waiver that California needs to move
forward with its clean car standards.  In addition, Sierra Club launched a
virtual clean car show.


"People across the country want EPA to know that they strongly support the
right of California and other states to move forward with their efforts to
dramatically lower the global warming emissions from our vehicles," said
Ann Mesnikoff, Director of Sierra Club's Green Transportation Campaign.
"Most of these concerned citizens couldn't be at today's hearing so we're
delighted to bring their message to EPA virtually.  President Obama and his
administration, including EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, have already
demonstrated strong leadership on so many key issues and we are grateful
that they are so eager to hear from the public on the California waiver
issue."


Photo Petition Brings Voice of Citizens Who Couldn't Attend in Person to
Today's Hearing


In testimony at today's hearing, Sierra Club presented a photo petition
from more than 1,000 Sierra Club members, student activists, and other
concerned citizens from across the country who could not attend today's
hearing in person.  Each photo in the petition shows someone holding their
own car keys to underscore the message that "EPA Holds the Key to Clean
Cars."  The individual images were then transformed into two photomosaics,
including one depicting EPA's logo.

In addition to today's unique effort, tens of thousands of Sierra Club
activists have previously submitted comments to EPA and state officials
urging them to move forward with the California standards.  Sierra Club has
also run active campaigns pushing for adoption of the standards in several
states, including Arizona, New Mexico, Florida, Minnesota, Iowa, and
others.


"EPA's decision on the California waiver really is the key to bringing us
cleaner cars and revitalizing the American auto industry," said Mesnikoff.
"Americans understand that President Obama is listening and they were eager
for us to share their opinions with EPA today.  These images are a vivid
demonstration of how excited and engaged the public is on this and the many
other issues where President Obama is moving to right the wrongs of the
Bush years."


Virtual Clean Car Show Highlights Achievability of California Standards


The Sierra Club today also launched an online tool to show that a wide
variety of cars, trucks, and SUVs, from both foreign and domestic
automakers, already meet the standards California and more than a dozen
other states are seeking to implement.  Each vehicle featured in the
virtual show currently meets the California standards.  Featured models
include:
*Chevy Cobalt-meets California standard through 2012
*Chrysler Town & Country minivan-meets California standard through 2014
*Ford Focus-meets California standard through 2011
*Honda Civic Hybrid-meets California standard through 2016
*Subaru Outback-meets California standard through 2016
*Chevy Silverado pickup-meets California standard through 2010


"This virtual clean car show demonstrates that automakers already have the
technology to reduce global warming emissions from our cars, trucks, and
SUVs," said Jesse Prentice-Dunn, Sierra Club Green Transportation Program
Associate Representative.  "Even some of the biggest trucks made by
American automakers already meet the standards for the current year and
beyond.  Implementing the California standards will not only help
revitalize Detroit by making it more competitive, but will also make us
more energy independent and fight global warming.


The virtual clean car show can be found at:
http://www.sierraclub.org/energy/cleancars/slideshow/ 


Contact Josh Dorner for copies of the images above or Sierra Club's
complete testimony at today's hearing.


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