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Press Release | February 9, 2004

EPA Takes First Step to Increase Energy Efficiency of Freight Transport

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) welcomed U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) launch today of the SmartWaySM Transport Partnership to to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save energy in the movement of goods. Major shippers and carriers are among the charter partners in the new initiative.

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Press Release | September 17, 2003

Diesel Dynamics: New Report Examines Prospects for Growth in U.S. Light-Duty Diesel Market

Washington, D.C. — U.S. auto manufacturers are eyeing light-duty diesel vehicles, which currently make up a minute fraction of vehicle sales here, with growing interest. Despite the challenges of meeting clean air standards and overcoming consumer skepticism, diesel engines' superior efficiency has led a number of companies to pursue new products aggressively.

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Press Release | February 19, 2003

Axles of Efficiency: New Book Ranks Greenest 2003 Cars and SUVs

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Amidst growing public interest in fuel efficiency and increasing concern about gas-guzzling SUVs, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) today released the new ACEEE's Green Book®: The Environmental Guide to Cars & Trucks - Model Year 2003.

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Press Release | January 30, 2003

The Feinstein-Snowe Bill to "Close the Light Truck Loophole" Is a Major Step Forward

Washington, D.C. — Senators Feinstein (D-CA) and Snowe (R-ME) today introduced a bill that, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), would reduce the fuel consumption of sport utility vehicles (SUVs), vans, and pickups by one million barrels of oil a day by 2016. The bill raises the average fuel economy of light trucks to match car fuel economy by the year 2011, and also requires that vehicles between 8,500 and 10,000 pounds meet fuel economy standards for the first time.

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Press Release | January 29, 2003

ACEEE Lauds Hydrogen Goal, But Calls for Action Today for a Balanced Energy Policy

Washington, D.C. — The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) applauds the President's call for accelerating the deployment of hydrogen-powered vehicles in the United States. Hydrogen-powered vehicles could mitigate major environmental, economic, and political problems we now face as a result of our over-reliance on fossil fuels. "However, oil dependence and price volatility, as well as rising greenhouse gas production, are critical problems today, and we have tools to begin addressing them today," stated Therese Langer, ACEEE's Transportation Program Director.

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Press Release | December 16, 2002

New ACEEE Report Outlines Potential Savings in Green Fleets

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Fleets can play an important role in introducing more fuel-efficient vehicles into the U.S. passenger vehicle stock but need some encouragement to do so, according to a new study by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). Greener Fleets: Fuel Economy Progress and Prospects finds that few fleets have attempted to maximize the fuel economy of their vehicles to date.

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Press Release | December 13, 2002

DOT Takes Baby Step to Lower Light Truck Oil Consumption: Much Stronger Action Needed

Washington, D.C. — The Bush Administration has proposed a 1.5 mile-per-gallon increase in the fuel economy standard for light trucks over the years 2005 through 2007. “This action is a modest but useful step forward,” stated Steven Nadel, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) Executive Director, “but it’s a drop in the gas tank compared to what is possible and needed.”

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Press Release | April 8, 2002

Honda Civic Hybrid Earns Outstanding Green Score in ACEEE's Green Book®

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The newly released 2003 Honda Civic Hybrid offers outstanding environmental performance in a mass-market package, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, publisher of ACEEE's Green Book®: The Environmental Guide to Cars and Trucks. The organization has added the Civic Hybrid to its early model year 2003 ratings on GreenerCars.org, the online version of its comprehensive environmental guide to vehicles.

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Press Release | March 28, 2002

Small Car Models Rank Among Safest Vehicles

WASHINGTON, D.C.A new report on auto safety released today finds that the average sport utility vehicle or pickup truck is more dangerous than most cars on the road, when the risk posed to other drivers is taken into account. The report also shows that, contrary to conventional wisdom, many small cars have lower fatality rates among their own drivers than SUVs or pickups. SUVs are the fastest growing segment of new vehicles, today comprising 21% of that market, up from 6% just 13 years ago.

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Press Release | March 14, 2002

Senate Fumbles Fuel Economy

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Senate yesterday squandered its best opportunity in a decade to reduce U.S. oil dependence by voting 62-38 to pass an energy bill amendment delegating the setting of fuel economy standards by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, an arm of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA has failed to increase the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards significantly above Congressionally mandated levels in the 26 years that the program has existed, and the agency is not likely to change course now.

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