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Ohio Veterans: Protect Troops By Cutting Dependence on Foreign Oil

November 14, 2007

Adena, OH – More than 70 Ohio veterans signed on to voice their opinions in favor of better fuel efficiency standards this week. Their Veteran's Day letter to Congress was released to the public yesterday, and it's a plea to federal lawmakers to boost vehicle fuel economy in an effort to reduce the United States' dependence on foreign oil.

Gary Denoble, Commander of the American Legion Post in Adena, believes relying on foreign oil puts American troops in harm's way.

"We're losing troops every day. Something has got to be done to reduce our dependency on foreign oil, to save the lives of our troops overseas now protecting that oil."

Congress is currently working on an energy bill and one option on the table includes a boost in fuel economy requirements to 35 miles per gallon by 2020. Denoble thinks it's a good idea, and says many veterans at his post want quick action on the bill.

"We need to become fuel-sufficient here in this country, and 35 miles per gallon is one of the first steps we could possibly take. The government has got to act on this."

According to a study from the Union of Concerned Scientists, a 35 mile-per-gallon standard would save 1.2 million barrels of oil each day, more than twice the amount of our daily imports from Iraq.

Rob Ferrett/Kevin Clay, Public News Service - OH