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SupportOil-FreeFuture/TellFordMotorCo(ACTION September 02, 2005 2:09 PM

Support an Oil-Free Future and Tell Ford Motor Company to Quit their Oil Addiction The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its long overdue 2005 fuel economy report, and yet again, Ford Motor Company is in last place. Fordís cars, trucks and SUVs still have the lowest average gas mileage of any automaker in America. The EPA report points out the obvious: fuel economy is directly related to rising gas prices caused by peak oil and global warming pollution caused by tailpipe emissions. Fordís competitors GM, Toyota and Honda posted modest gains in fuel economy. Toyota has set a goal for 25 percent of its U.S. sales to be hybrid vehicles by 2010. As Bill Ford Jr. continues to ignore industry advancements, Toyota USA CEO Jim Press has called automotive leaders to a summit to craft a new vision for better fuel economy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions in vehicles nationwide. Will Bill Ford Jr. be attending? http://action.ran.org/action/index.asp?step=2&item=27465  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Fuel Economy September 02, 2005 4:21 PM

I read an article which stated that current fuel economy is roughly equivalent to that of the Model T, which gives you an idea of how much motivation the government has given car manufacturers to increase their mileage. (Virtually nothing!) Personally, I am all for hybrid vehicles, or any vehicles which vastly improve fuel economy. More than anything, though, I am a huge supporter of alternative fuel sources, because not only do they drastically reduce or eliminate pollution, but fuel sources such as ethanol (E85) and biodiesel (B100) are plant based and can be grown domestically, reducing dependency on foreign oil sources, and cutting out greenhouse producing gases. In the long run, we need to focus on switching away from petroleum as a fuel source. The good news is we already have the technology to do so...The bad news is, don't expect the government to provide the needed boost to get people to switch... Here are some good links: http://www.biodieselnow.com http://www.e85fuel.com/index.php p.s. As I speak, gas is $3.19 a gallon...and rising.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Signed. September 02, 2005 4:43 PM

Thanks for posting, Suzanne! Ford has made some noise about how it is "offering" consumers a choice by making its hybrid SUV. I don't fault them for it and appreciate that they are doing at least that much, but offering a choice isn't enough unless you do something to encourage the right choice. Those gas gulpers driving around are doing a lot to drive up the price of oil, so every penny you and I spend on gas is going to subsidize that bad habit. It's not just Ford's fault, but they seem to be at the top of the list at the moment.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 September 02, 2005 5:15 PM

Anna & Carl, thanks for your input!  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
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