Washington, DC -
12/01/2007 - Phyllis Cuttino, director of the Pew Charitable Trusts Campaign for Fuel Efficiency issued the following statement welcoming the compromise between Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Chairman John Dingell (D-Mich.) for a meaningful increase in fuel efficiency standards to 35 miles per gallon by 2020:
"This is a truly historic agreement, breaking a 30-year Congressional deadlock on mileage standards.
"There are still some major issues to be worked out in other parts of the energy bill, so this is not a slam-dunk.
"If the House and Senate finally approve this deal and the President signs it, they will all have done more for consumers at the pump than any Congress or Administration since the 1970's.
"Senators and representatives will return to Washington next week after spending two weeks at home with very angry constituents who are facing record high gas prices. They are hearing a simple message: do something.
"It will not be a very merry Christmas for members of Congress if they go back to their states and districts with no answer to the question: what have you done for me at the gas pump lately?"
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Pew is no longer active in this line of work, but for more information, visit the Pew Campaign for Fuel Efficiency campaign.