This will probably get me put on one of John Poindexter’s Total Information Awareness watch lists, but I just joined Arianna Huffington’s group, the Detroit Project, and sent the following note out to little Bushie and the heads of the big three US automakers.

Bill Ford, Chairman and CEO
Ford Motor Company
Customer Relationship Center
P.O. Box 6248
Dearborn, MI 48126

Dear Bill Ford,

Dieter Zetsche, CEO
Chrysler Corporation
PO Box 21-8004
Auburn Hills, MI 48321-8004

Dear Dieter Zetsche,

Rick Wagoner, President and CEO
General Motors Corporation
General Motors Headquarters
300 Renaissance Center
PO Box 300
Detroit, MI 48265-3000

Dear Rick Wagoner,

I am an American eager to do my part to protect national security. Because much of our oil comes from countries known to have ties with terrorists, I believe one of the most important ways to reduce America’s dependence on foreign oil is to increase the fuel efficiency of our vehicles.

The math is simple: there are 20 million SUVs on our roads today that get an average of 8 to 15 miles per gallon. This adds up to millions of barrels of imported oil each day. If we continue to pump that kind of money into countries where terrorism thrives, we are funding the next 9-11.

One way out of this national security dilemma is to invest more in fuel economy.

I am committed to purchasing the most fuel-efficient car that meets my needs. I ask that you, as our nation’s business and political leaders, meet me halfway by offering American-made cars, trucks, and SUVs that get significantly higher miles to the gallon.

As a citizen and a voter, I urge you to protect American lives by leading us towards energy independence. Specifically, you need to take the following three steps:

1. Increase fuel efficiency standards for SUVs by at least 10 miles per gallon in the next five years.
2. Voice strong support for and help pass the bill introduced last year by Senators John Kerry and John McCain.
3. Stop spending millions of dollars lobbying to defeat efforts to increase fuel efficiency standards and spend that money instead to develop, market and advertise fuel-efficient vehicles.

We as a nation can do better. And for our national security, we must do better. We need your leadership, ingenuity and entrepreneurial spirit on this issue. Flag waving is great, but patriotic display is not a substitute for patriotic action. For my part, I’m prepared to give up my gas-guzzling vehicle. What are you prepared to do?


Mark Maynard

If you want to join in the fun, you can send a “SUVs are Un-American” letter too.

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