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Michigan Environmental Council statement on proposed new mileage, tailpipe standards

May 19, 2009
The Michigan Environmental Council today applauded President Obama’s plan to establish responsible, uniform mileage standards that will slash greenhouse gas pollution from new vehicles and make the nation more energy independent.

“This gives certainty to automakers, will make American consumers less dependent on foreign oil, and is perhaps the most significant single step our nation has made to date in slowing the emission of climate altering pollution,” said Chris Kolb, president of the Michigan Environmental Council. “It is one step – and a significant one – on the road to a better energy future.”

“The survival and vitality of Michigan’s automobile industry is dependent both on regulatory certainty, and the foresight to manufacture vehicles that are relevant in an era of higher and volatile fuel prices, and greater awareness of climate change,” Kolb said.

It is just a matter of time before fuel prices return to $4 a gallon, said Kolb. “While the new requirements may increase the cost of vehicles, it will save motorists and businesses money at the pump.”

“This is change for the better. Change for certainty. And change that helps safeguard our future.”
Chris Kolb, 517-487-9539
Hugh McDiarmid Jr., 248-660-4300
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