Arkansas Group Asks Drivers to Support Higher Fuel Economy Standards

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The Sierra Club in Arkansas is urging motorists to press their congressional members for higher fuel efficiency standards.

Members of the environmental group visited an Exxon station in Little Rock yesterday and offered their cell phones to drivers to make calls to Senators Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor, both Democrats from Arkansas.

The Senate is expected to vote on emergency bills when it reconvenes next week, including a measure to raise fuel efficiency standards.

Glen Hooks, a spokesman for the Sierra Club, says the group is urging the senators to vote for raising the standard to 35 miles per gallon by the end of 2020 for all American-made cars and trucks.  Hooks says loopholes in the bill would need to be closed for the measure to be effective.

Hooks says raising the standards would save the U.S. three million barrels of oil a day.

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