Last month the Senate passed groundbreaking legislation to increase fuel efficiency standards for the first time in nearly 30 years. Now the momentum has shifted to the House of Representatives where a similar vote is expected shortly. It's time to urge House members to follow the Senate's lead and increase fuel efficiency standards that meet or exceed the mileage targets of the Senate bill.

The bipartisan Senate legislation set a target of raising fuel efficiency to a fleet-wide average of 35 miles per gallon by model year 2020 for cars and lights trucks (SUVs). A proposal by Representatives Ed Markey and Todd Plats seeks similar targets that would help consumers save money at the pump and reduce our country's dependence on foreign oil.

We need your help to tell Congressman Pat Tiberi to support legislation that matches or exceeds the Senate bill and to oppose any legislation, such as a current proposal by Representatives Baron Hill and Lee Terry, which offers considerably lower mileage targets and includes industry loopholes.

Please take action in one or all of the following ways:

Action 1: Send a Letter

Write a letter to your House member!

Action 2: Call Congress

Call your House of Representatives member to reinforce the importance of increasing fuel efficiency standards. The phone number and instructions are below. This will only take a few minutes but will demonstrate to Congress how critical this issue is to the American people.

"My name is [SAY YOUR NAME] and I'm calling from [SAY YOUR HOMETOWN AND STATE] to urge Representative [Name] to support fuel economy legislation that meets or exceeds the Senate bill target of 35 miles per gallon for cars, light trucks and SUVs by 2020 and oppose any legislation, such as the Hill-Terry proposal, that would offer much weaker mileage targets and industry loopholes. This is a chance to pass meaningful legislation that will help consumers like me save money at the pump and decrease our country's growing dependence on foreign oil. Thank you for your time"

Thank you for your time and attention to this important matter!

Katherine Manning, Ohio Organizer

The National Environmental Trust