EnergyTechStocks.com. The National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is challenging Toyota to prove that its environmentally-friendly image is more than just so many “empty words.”
The NRDC is calling upon its members to write or email the president of Toyota North America and tell him to break ranks with the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, which opposes a bill currently before Congress that would raise vehicles’ fuel economy.
In an email, NRDC told members that “Prius fans might be surprised to learn that Toyota is trying to move America backward on fuel economy.” Pointedly noting that Toyota hasn’t broken ranks with others in the manufacturers’ alliance, the email went on to rhetorically ask: “Why is Toyota, a company that can make a car that gets 55 miles per gallon today, fighting a 35 mpg standard?”
The email then says: “If Toyota’s ‘Moving Forward’ motto is more than just empty words, the company must support a sensible increase in fuel economy to 35 mpg by 2020. It’s time for Prius and other hybrid owners – and all of us who care about oil independence, global warming and air pollution – to tell Toyota to stop trying to shift America’s efforts to break its oil dependency into reverse.
NRDC “Take Action” sample message