At hearing in Detroit, Ecology Center advocates better fuel economy standards

New standards: good for the environment, good for consumers, good for the economy

 

Charles Griffith, climate and energy program director at the Ecology Center, spoke in favor of ethe government’s proposal to establish new corporate average fuel economy standards for cars and light trucks at a public hearing convened by the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in Detroit earlier this month.

“The Ecology Center has had a long history of involvement in promoting policies that effectively encourage the improvement of vehicle fuel economy, as well as the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions,” Griffith said in his testimony.

“The proposed rules will not only lead to significant reductions in petroleum use and greenhouse gas emissions, but that they will also lead to big savings by consumers at the pump as well as to the economy generally,” according to Griffith. “Consumers, as well as businesses that rely on transportation of goods and services, will all benefit significantly.”

The EPA will be gathering comments on the proposed fuel-economy standards at the EPA Docket Center until Feb. 7. "This proposal is the biggest single action that any U.S. President has taken to break America's addiction to oil, bar none," Griffith said.  "Those who want to join with us to support these standards should send comments to the EPA right now."

In addition to supporting the government's proposal at the hearing, the Ecology Center is coordinating the Built by Michigan campaign, seeking to advance policies here in the state as well as nationally that help to promote the sale and use of electric vehicles and other advanced vehicle technologies.

“Our effort includes businesses, local government officials, electric vehicle enthusiasts and others who share a common interest in ensuring that the U.S. auto industry remains a leader in the development of these emerging technologies and who support a range of policies and other programs that help to support their commercialization and manufacture here in our state,” Griffith said. “Clearly, the proposed new fuel economy standards represent one of those needed policies.”

 

EcoLink — January 2012 Ecolink
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