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Senator Calls for President to Implement Car Idling Law

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Yesterday, Iowa Senator Charles Grassley wrote a letter to President George Bush asking him to consider taking a stand against car idling in Washington D.C.

"While people across the country are looking for ways to reduce their fuel burden by using less, the federal government doesn’t appear to be taking the same steps to reduce wasteful energy consumption and save taxpayer money," he wrote. "Each and every day, there are likely dozens, if not hundreds of federal government SUVs and sedans idling for hours in Washington alone while waiting for their passengers. Some of the biggest culprits of this practice are vehicles attending to cabinet secretaries, deputy secretaries and assistant secretaries."

Anti-idling advocates in Vermont, where an idling law exists affecting school areas, say that "idling your vehicle for more than just 10 seconds uses more fuel than restarting your engine" and that "idling your vehicle for 10 minutes uses as much fuel as it takes to travel 5 miles." California also has an anti-idling law for school buses.

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Grassley knows that others may view this as small issue. "Some might say these cases are a spit in the ocean of our energy problems, but the limousines and SUVs of high-level government leaders are important symbols of leadership and their actions are sending a message that they’re out of touch." His full letter is below.