U.S. Must Commit to Energy Efficiency Immediately, Not Just 20 or More Years ‘Down the Road,’ Says Alliance to Save Energy

Release Date: Thursday, February 6, 2003

“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.

“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.”