Send a letter to the following decision maker(s):

Dr. Jeffrey W. Runge

President George W. Bush

Below is the sample letter:

What's At Stake:

President Bush's "clean" car policies will unfortunately do very little to curb our nation's voracious oil appetite, pollution and global warming. His proposed new hydrogen-powered "Freedom Car" will spend billions of taxpayer dollars on speculative technology over real policy action, while his proposed budget includes new tax breaks for gas guzzling SUVs. Meanwhile, the Department of Transportation has proposed new fuel economy standards for SUVs that are far weaker than technically possible and that are needed. Take action! Send a message to President Bush and the Department of Transportation supporting stronger measures to curb oil consumption and help stop global warming.

Campaign Expiration Date: February 28, 2003

Subject: Fuel Economy Standards for Light Trucks - docket 11419

Dear [decision maker name automatically inserted here],

I urge your Administration and the Department of Transportation to take meaningful action to reduce the impact cars have on America's voracious oil appetite, our environment, and our contribution to global warming. Hydrogen cars, tax breaks for SUVs, and weak proposed fuel economy increases for SUVs and light trucks only dodge the issue, or make the problem worse.

One effective action that is needed is an improvement in the fuel economy standards you propose for light trucks in model years 2005-2007. The small, 1.5 mile per gallon increase proposed in your December 13, 2002 notice fails to meet the urgent need to greatly reduce oil consumption and global warming pollution. It also falls far short of taking advantage of economically practical technologies that automakers could use to improve light truck fuel economy while maintaining safety and performance.

While your agency's proposal provides the first noticeable increases in light truck fuel economy standards in many years, it is far too weak. I urge you to strengthen this proposed standard to meaningfully reduce our nation's growing oil dependence and global warming pollution.