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Gas Prices ‘Pumping Up’ Call for Fuel Efficiency

November 2, 2007

Des Moines, IA - Lately, the price of oil has been setting new records just about every day; on Thursday, it topped $96 a barrel. With oil company profits setting records as well, advocates say it's time for Congress to force automakers to improve fuel efficiency standards. Jeff Link, with the Iowa office of the National Environmental Trust, thinks it's a good idea.

"It would be a big boost to the state's economy to have another $700 in the average family's wallet instead paying high gas prices."

He points to this week's report by Exxon Mobil of third quarter profits of more than $9 billion -- twice the state of Iowa's yearly budget. Phyllis Cuttino, with the Pew Campaign for Fuel Efficiency, adds the plan to improve fuel efficiency standards to 35 miles per gallon by the year 2020 also would help struggling American automakers.

"It's actually going to set Detroit on a course to becoming more competitive globally with foreign manufacturers that are achieving higher fuel efficiency."

The record high price of oil is already beginning to trickle down to the pump. Gas prices in Iowa have increased nearly 15 cents a gallon in the last two weeks, with the average cost now at $2.87 per gallon.

Dick Layman/Craig Eicher, Public News Service - IA