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Show your support for clean diesel vehicles!
There are several ways you can join the effort to put more clean diesel vehicles on the road:
- Join us on Twitter and get updates on the latest clean diesel news:
- Sign-up for our quarterly e-newsletter to hear about AVE’s latest activities. Just enter your email address into the box at the bottom right side of this page.
- Send a letter to your Member of Congress or Senator. Just follow the steps below and let your representative know how you feel.
Tell Your Representative
Do you love your diesel? Or do you want to ensure that you have more fuel options for vehicles as a consumer? Let your representative know!
- Use the locator to identify your Member of Congress and Senator. Be sure to have your full
9-digit zip code
- Copy the suggested text below into your email program, or the email comment box on your representative’s page. Be sure to add your name and address at the end.
- Hit send and let your voice be heard!
Letter of Support
Call on your Senator to support legislation that keeps clean diesel in mind.
Dear Senator or Representative:
As legislation on creating comprehensive energy policy and transportation funding reform continues to be introduced and discussed in Congress, I ask that you keep in mind all forms of technologies that can help our country achieve its energy and transportation goals.
I ask you to encourage the development and passage of technology-neutral policies that that reward innovation and maximize fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas emission reductions in the U.S. while providing consumers with choices in the marketplace. By failing to insert technology-neutral policies into comprehensive energy legislation, our country will face limitations that stifle innovation, creativity, and the development of interim solutions as other vehicle technologies are scaled for the marketplace.
I believe that there is more than one way to improve the fuel efficiency of vehicles on the road in the U.S. today, and the government should provide its citizens with options that fit their lifestyle while reducing the nation’s carbon footprint and dependence on non-renewable energy sources. Clean diesel vehicles don’t require the development of additional infrastructure. 40 percent of all fuel retailers offering diesel pumps in the U.S. today, making it available at more than 80,000 unique distribution points. Additionally, clean diesel cars currently on the market can average 30 percent better fuel economy and reduce C02 emissions by nearly 25 percent when compared to a traditional gasoline engine.
We are entering a new policy era for funding our roads and transportation infrastructure. A generation ago, we could rely on steady revenues from fuel taxes to provide adequate funding for expansion and maintenance of our roads and highways. We are now faced with changing technologies and fuels to power our vehicles that are reducing our revenues and upsetting the balance of how infrastructure taxes are shared by different road users. Electric car owners still use the roads but do not currently pay fuel taxes to maintain them. Also, in many states and at the federal level, clean diesel car owners are already paying a tax penalty per gallon of diesel because fuel taxes on diesel were raised disproportionately to account for the extra road damage caused by heavy cargo trucks.
Diesel fuel today is used to power many vehicles on our roads, not just heavy-duty semi-trucks. In fact, over 125,000 Americans chose to buy a clean diesel car in 2012. According to the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, there are more than 4.8 million diesel cars, pickups and SUVs registered in the United States. That number will rose significantly last year with the introduction of clean diesel models of the Chevy Cruze, the Jeep Grand Cherokee, and Dodge Ram 1500, just to name a few. These owners include farmers, construction workers, and numerous small business owners that need a fuel efficient pick-up truck. Diesel owners represent a broad new demographic of people that have discovered the fuel economy and CO2 reductions that a clean diesel car can provide. These taxpayers should not be unfairly penalized at the pump for buying a clean diesel car or pick-up, including many American-made diesel vehicles.
Instead of obstructing innovation and the sale of fuel-efficient vehicle technologies currently on the market, Congress must move quickly to ensure the enactment of technology-neutral policies and policies that treat all fuels equally. We should encourage the development and improvement of all passenger vehicle technologies without penalizing certain fuel efficient vehicles at the pump. I believe that there is more than one way to improve the fuel efficiency of vehicles on the road in the U.S. today, and the government should provide its citizens with options that fit their lifestyle while reducing the nation’s carbon footprint and dependence on non-renewable energy sources.
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