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Union of Concerned Scientists Reports on Auto Industry

Alden Meyer, Union of Concerned Scientists
July 5th, 2001


Today, the Union of Concerned Scientists released "Drilling in Detroit," an analysis conducted jointly with the Center for Auto Safety. The study finds that US automakers could produce a fleet of cars and trucks that get an average of 40 miles per gallon by 2012, and 55 mpg by 2020 (up from the current 24 mpg average), with no diminution of safety and performance. This increased fuel efficiency would save consumers billions of dollars each year, cut 273 million tons of annual GHG emissions by 2010 and 888 million tons by 2020, and create tens of thousands of new jobs in the auto industry.

The full report is available on the UCS website:

-- Alden

Alden Meyer
Director of Government Relations
Union of Concerned Scientists
1707 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006
tel: 202-223-6133