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Detroit Shirking Responsibility to Boost Truck Fuel Economy - Report

by Dave Reynolds

May 27, 2005 – American drivers could save billions of dollars at the gas pump, cut millions of tons of emissions going into the air, and reduce the country's dependence on foreign oil, if only US automakers would use currently available technology on pickup trucks to boost fuel economy.

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That's the conclusion made by the Sierra Club in a new report released yesterday entitled "Shifting Out Of Reverse: Making Pickup Trucks Go Farther on a Gallon of Gas."

Technology such as advanced ignitions, aerodynamic designs, six-speed transmissions, high-tech engines, and high-strength, lightweight materials are already standard in some vehicles.

The report asserts that if such technology were used in all pickup trucks, American truck drivers last year would have saved more than $16.6 billion at the gas pump, conserved 9.3 billion gallons of gasoline and eliminated more than 130 million tons of CO2 pollution, a major cause of global warming.

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