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Old 01-23-2007, 12:19 PM   #1
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Default Proposals to Increase Fuel Economy Standards Could Cause More Highway Deaths, etc

Proposals to Increase Fuel Economy Standards Could Cause More Highway Deaths, Limit Vehicle Choice



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Light Truck Owners Group Available to Comment on Fuel Economy Proposals in State of the Union

Amid speculation that President Bush may propose higher fuel economy standards in tonight's State of the Union address and similar proposals by other regulators and elected officials, the SUV Owners of America (SUVOA) warns that increases in the corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards can come with unintended consequences.

"History shows us that when the government has raised fuel economy standards, it has forced auto manufacturers to make more unsafe smaller vehicles in order to comply with the regulation, which puts drivers at far greater risk of death or injury in crashes," said SUVOA President Barry McCahill. "Thousands of lives already have been lost as a result of previous CAFE increases, and we will lose thousands more if some of the current proposals are enacted."

History also shows that CAFE increasingly limits consumers' options for vehicle utility functions such as towing for recreation. In the late 1970s, shortly after federal corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards took effect, nearly 70 percent of domestic passenger car models were capable of towing 2,100 pounds or more, about the size of an average bass fishing boat and trailer. By 1986, because cars had been downsized dramatically to meet ever-increasing CAFE standards, only 20 percent could tow that load. By the mid-1990s, the percentage slipped to 12 percent, and today, only 1 percent of domestic passenger cars can tow 2,100 pounds. And now light trucks could face the same fate if unrealistic fuel economy mandates are adopted.

Faced with a shrinking selection of passenger cars with sufficient towing power, America's outdoor enthusiasts have turned to light trucks for recreation. Light trucks have become workhorses for families heading out on vacations, towing trailers and hauling clothes, mountain bikes, skis, fishing and camping equipment, and other outdoor gear. If they tried to do that in high-miles-per-gallon compacts, the better decision probably would be to stay home and add to the pattern of physical inactivity and the obesity epidemic it has spawned. Further information on this issue is available in a towing guide developed by SUVOA and posted on http://www.suvoa.com.

SUVOA recognizes that achieving better fuel economy and energy independence are critical national imperatives, but calls for thoughtful, balanced measures that do not compromise safety and vehicle choice. Representatives of SUVOA are available for interviews in stories about any fuel economy-related announcements in the State of the Union and other proposals to increase CAFE standards.
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Old 01-23-2007, 12:26 PM   #2
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From an organization called Standing Up for SUV, pickup and Van owners of America.

What a load of crap. They have about as much BS as extremist environmentalists and PETA.

How about all those people that go to the gym? Are they out of shape? They just go straight back to their honda civics and small cars that "cannot tow"

Christ, the government should step in sometimes and ban stupid **** like this.
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Old 01-23-2007, 12:34 PM   #3
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OMG, I cant believe that... Total BS


Makes me want to firebomb some SUV's just to spite them
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Old 01-23-2007, 12:45 PM   #4
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Removing SUVs from the roads via CAFE would save lives. Morons.
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Old 01-23-2007, 01:37 PM   #5
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I wonder what SUVOA has to say about equal crash test procedures for trucks and passenger vehicles.

Is SUVOA funded by any of the Big 3?


Edit: Just found the answer to my own question. SUVOA is a front for Stratacomm, which is a Lobbying group funded by Ford, GM, DCX, and Nissan NA, among others.

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Old 01-23-2007, 01:53 PM   #6
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Based in Washington, DC? That's a lovely lobbyist group if I've ever seen one!
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Old 01-23-2007, 02:29 PM   #7
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Hey idiots, why are small cars supposedly "unsafe"?? Because of morons like you that don't know when to stop when it comes to the size of your SUVs.
Stop trying to compensate!
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Old 01-23-2007, 02:39 PM   #8
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said SUVOA President Barry McCahill. "Thousands of lives already have been lost as a result of previous CAFE increases, and we will lose thousands more if some of the current proposals are enacted."
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That deserves some proof; driving deaths haven been falling for at since when the 55 national speed limit went into effect. Prove that smaller cars caused more deaths.

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Old 01-23-2007, 03:28 PM   #9
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http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php...ers_of_America

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Sport Utility Vehicle Owners of America (SUVOA) is an industry-funded group started in 1999.

In 2003, the group announced a major membership push and a revamping of its website to become a source of pro-SUV information that the media can turn to. As part of the campaign, Stratacomm, a PR firm that counts Detroit's big three auto makers as well as transportation and alcohol industry trade groups and associations as clients, contacted about 120 journalists about the organization.

PR Week writes: "Stratacomm plans to relaunch the association's website this month, and seeks to expand membership to 50,000 by the end of this year. The group, founded by SUV owner Bill Brouse, now has only a few hundred members."

In 2003 the group's board of directors included Stratacomm's Jason Vines, who served as the board president and is a former vice president of communications for Ford Motor Co., and representatives from the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association and the Marine Retailers Association of America. [1]. SUVOA's shares Stratacomm's offices.

In January 2004 Barry McCahill - the President of McCahill Communications - was announced as President of the SUVOA, replacing Vines. [2]

PR commentator Paul Holmes has called SUVOA, while not technically "dishonest or unethical," an example of deceptive PR. "What is clear is that SUVOA is a front for SUV manufacturers. Its board of directors consists largely of industry reps and public affairs execs with ties to the industry," Holmes wrote. "It's hard to believe that there isn't an attempt to deceive here. It seems likely that SUVOA gets most of its funding - directly or indirectly - from the auto industry rather than from individual owners and that its true purpose is to represent their interests. ... At the very least, the group's funding is opaque: It's certainly not explained on SUVOA's website or in its press releases. And that's my problem with front groups." [3]

In July 2003, responding to a Christian-sponsored anti-SUV campaign that asked "What Would Jesus Drive?" SUVOA created a $17,000 ad that asks, "What Would Jesus (Rivera) Drive?" According to the ad, Rivera drives an SUV because it gets him through the snow in winter, and his wife likes it because she can easily transport their grandchildren. "It's all about safety, utility and versatility. Maybe that's why they call them SUVs," the ad says. The pro-SUV group's president Jason Vines says the ad is part of SUVOA's membership drive.

SUVOA's website calls on SUV owners to sign a petition "asking anti-SUV extremists to stop their venomous attacks against SUVs and their owner." SUVOA's ads ran to counter the anti-SUV group Evangelical Environmental Network wrap up their 11-city "On the Road with What Would Jesus Drive" tour in Washington D.C. with meetings with lawmakers to discuss the "moral issues" surrounding SUVs.[4]

In September 2004, Ron DeFore, communications director for SUV Owners of America, complained to PR Week that "we have been wrongfully labelled as an auto industry front group". SUVOA is running a campaign opposing proposed regulations in California to limit truck and SUV emissions. Defore is also a principal at Stratacom, a PR firm that counts the auto industry as one of its biggest clients. Defore also told PR Week that Stratacomm had created the non-profit status of the SUV group two years ago after buying the name and other assets from its founder. "There was a tremendous need in the public-policy arena, as well as the media, for some balance to be brought to the coverage on SUVs," Defore said. California represents 10% of the US auto market. [5]

When a Peppercom PR campaign to raise SUV safety issues - funded by settlement money from the Ford Firestone tyre case - unveiled its 10-foot tall hairy mascot (dubbed "Esuvee") Defore objected. "What we object to that we've seen so far is the icon that they've chosen for this campaign, this huge beast ... It perpetuates the myth that the largest of the SUV's are somehow these very dangerous vehicles," he told PR Week.[6]

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Old 01-23-2007, 08:43 PM   #11
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SUV's save bad drivers lives!
http://www.katu.com/news/5165882.html
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Old 01-24-2007, 03:11 AM   #12
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Geez, if they put money into research instead of groups designed to resist change, they might actually accomplish something!
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