Washington, DC -
12/06/2007 - Phyllis Cuttino, director of The Pew Charitable Trusts Campaign for Fuel Efficiency, issued the following statement on the House of Representatives passing an energy bill including a meaningful increase in fuel efficiency standards to 35 miles per gallon by 2020:
"For the first time in more than 30 years the U.S. House has passed a bill to increase fuel efficiency. This will save the average two-car family more than $700 at the pump every year, in 2020. That should be an early Christmas present for all Americans -- it should be, but it may not happen.
"Everybody wants to add just one more item to the fastest moving, must-pass legislation. With little time remaining and a long list of outstanding priorities, a historic agreement to increase fuel efficiency is quickly becoming the 'little engine that could' of the end-of-session legislation.
"This increase has the support of the UAW, the auto industry, environmentalists, both sides of the aisle, and, most importantly, 89% of American voters. This bill would sail through both chambers if it wasn't so weighed down by partisan politics.
"This is a once-in-three-decades opportunity, and if congressional leaders and the President let it slip through their fingers, they will fail not only families paying more than $3 a gallon at the gas pump, but our national security as well."
Pew is no longer active in this line of work, but for more information, visit the Pew Campaign for Fuel Efficiency campaign.