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NWF: Saving GM is a Piece of Climate Change Pie?

March 26, 2009

Washington, DC - A new recovery plan for Detroit's General Motors (GM) is getting support from the nation's largest wildlife conservation organization, the National Wildlife Federation (NWF). The group's president and CEO, Larry Schweiger, explains that GM's plan to develop advanced battery technology for plug-in hybrid cars is a critical step in confronting global climate change. He says supporting GM while the company makes the shift to batteries also will help align market forces with the developing "clean economy."

"We need to get off of fossil fuels, and we need to do it quickly. I don't see how we do that without major commitment to a battery-powered car. That's what GM is doing, and I think the company should be helped in making the transition."

Schweiger says NWF and GM have agreed to disagree on details of fuel economy regulations, and NWF will continue to push for tough requirements for automakers to meet higher fuel-efficiency standards. While NWF supports an assistance plan that President Obama's auto task force is considering, recent surveys show that 60 percent of those surveyed think GM has received enough federal help.

Schweiger says Americans have been neglecting - since the early 1970s - the need to move away from fossil fuels, particularly oil from the Mideast.

"We have been warned for multiple decades that we've got a climate danger looming in front of us. Americans have not made good choices in moving away from those dependencies. Now is the time to do that."

The NWF's letter to the presidential auto task force is available at www.nwf.org.

Tony Bruscato, Public News Service - MI