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Gas Prices ‘Pumping Up’ Call for Fuel Efficiency

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November 2, 2007

Seattle, WA – Both the price of a barrel of oil and oil company profits are setting new records. Exxon Mobil announced more than $9 billion in third-quarter profits this week. Phyllis Cuttino, director of the Pew Campaign for Fuel Efficiency, says it's time for Congress to take action on boosting fuel economy standards.

"Oil prices hit a historic high this summer, and we expect that they're going to keep ticking up. As you know, if you can drive farther on a tank of gas, it's going to save the average consumer more money."

She says better fuel efficiency also would help curb our dangerous dependence on foreign oil and keep more dollars at home. The U.S. Senate is considering a bill that would require mileage be raised to at least 35 miles per gallon by 2020. Some car companies object to the proposal, saying safety could be compromised.

Speaking from the mayors' summit on Climate Change in Seattle, Santa Fe Mayor David Coss says raising fuel efficiency is a key part of reducing greenhouse gases

"We should be raising the fuel efficiency standards of all our fleets. I heard Governor Richardson say at the debate that we should setup standards of around 50 miles per gallon, and I think he's right."

Also in Seattle, Albuquerque Mayor Martin Chavez says state and local governments are getting fed up with the snail's pace of action from Washington.

"It is absolutely nuts, we've got a do-nothing Congress that, even with Democrats in the majority, is doing nothing of substance on this issue. Once again, cities and states have to lead the way."

Eric Mack/Craig Eicher, Public News Service - NM