February 7, 2003

Energy watchdog wants President to enact immediate energy-saving measures

Washington, D.C. – In response to President Bush’s statement on future energy independence, the Alliance to Save Energy has commended his proposal for future hydrogen use, but said that more can be done now to reduce energy consumption. “We commend President Bush’s proposal for a long-term federal commitment to hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and urge him also to advocate immediate steps to reduce the nation’s oil dependence,” said a spokesperson for the coalition. “While the country awaits the hydrogen-powered cars of 20 or more years from now, the President should be increasing fuel economy standards for cars, SUVs, and pickups and urging Americans to purchase and drive hybrid gas- electric vehicles that are in auto showrooms right now.”

“Rather than cutting budgets for marketplace-friendly technology deployment programs — as is proposed in the Administration’s fiscal 2004 budget request — he also should be promoting other current technologies that save energy, consumers’ money, and the environment, while reducing our nation’s oil dependence and increasing our energy security.”

The Alliance to Save Energy is a coalition of prominent business, government, environmental, and consumer leaders who promote the efficient and clean use of energy worldwide to benefit consumers, the environment, economy, and national security.

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