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Friday, October 13, 2017
Don't Let Congress Roll Back Historic Progress on Vehicle Efficiency
Automakers are using every trick in the book to undermine successful vehicle efficiency standards -the ones that help us all go farther on a gallon of gas and protect our environment and health. Automakers are not only petitioning President Trump to weaken the vehicle efficiency standards, they're now pushing their congressional allies to escalate attacks on these standards as well. As part of these attacks, Senator Roy Blunt (R-Missouri) and Representative Fred Upton (R-Michigan) have introduced bills that would give automakers free credits which they can use to significantly slow their progress on making cars more fuel efficient into the future. Ultimately this legislation would increase oil use by 350 million barrels of oil, increase global warming emissions by 155 million metric tons, and take money ($34 billion!) directly out of American families' wallets.
Both of these bills would let automakers off the hook so that they don't need to follow through on their promise to make cars and trucks that go further on a gallon of gas, something roughly 80 percent of Americans want to see them do.
We can't let Congress take away the work we've done to get cleaner cars. We must act now to stop these attacks.
Call your members of Congress today and urge them to oppose legislation that would undermine vehicle efficiency standards!
Call the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121. An operator will connect you directly with the congressional office you request.
TALKING POINTS TO GUIDE YOUR CALL Hi, my name is [NAME] and I'm a constituent from [CITY, STATE]. If Senate: I'm calling to express my strong opposition to the bill that will roll back car efficiency standards, S. 1273, that has been introduced by Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri. If House: I'm calling to express my strong opposition to the bill that will roll back car efficiency standards, H.R. 4011, that has been introduced by Representative Fred Upton of Michigan. This bill is an attack on strong vehicle efficiency standards. As a constituent, I want my senator/representative to make sure that I continue to have access to cleaner cars. Automakers should continue to use the best available technology to improve car efficiency, and strong standards are what drive this innovation. This bill would weaken the clean car standards with a corporate giveaway of free credits to automakers while making drivers pay more at the pump. I ask my senator/representative to oppose this bill and any future attacks on strong fuel efficiency standards. Thank you for your time.