Here and Now

Quote for the Week:

“The stage is now set for direct competition for grain between the 800 million people who own automobiles, and the world’s 2 billion poorest people.”

Lester Brown from the Earth Policy Institute speaking at a briefing to the US Senate two weeks ago.

Feed The Hungry At The Gas Pump

* Automakers roughly doubled the fuel economy of cars between the 1970s and the late 1980s. In other words, the “know-how” has been here for a long time.
* Over the past 20 years, automakers have used advancements in technology to add more than 800 pounds to the average vehicle and nearly double horsepower, while fuel economy has declined. Be smart about what you drive.
* The grain required to fill a 25 gallon gas tank with ethanol would feed one person for a year. Every time you fill your tank, think about biking, walking, mass transit or just relaxing at home.
* Next year, 30% of U.S. corn will be used for ethanol. Instead, the same amount of fuel could be saved by increasing average fuel efficiency by just three miles per gallon. Let your Representatives and Senators know that you support strong fuel efficiency standards and a wholesale conversion of U.S. transportation, utilities, and agriculture to renewable sources of energy.

Remember, printed letters currently count as 10,000 voters who feel the same way and don’t write, phone calls count for less, and emails count for about 10 disenfranchised voters. Print some letters today!

Published in: on September 5, 2007 at 1:33 am  Leave a Comment  

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