Free My Ride Coalition of Concerned Drivers

"Through Free My Ride, everyday American consumers will now have a voice against mileage and fuel economy standards that threaten the utility of our vehicles and the safety of our families," Mazzella continued.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 7, 2007
Contact: Jeffrey Mazzella
703.535.5836

CFIF Launches 'Free My Ride' Grassroots Campaign in Opposition to Extreme New Mileage Regulations

"Despite elitist claims, new mileage regulations will only make vehicles smaller, less functional and more dangerous, while doing nothing to significantly diminish gasoline consumption or conserve energy," says CFIF President.

ALEXANDRIA, VA -- As Congress prepares to consider comprehensive energy legislation, including the imposition of extreme new mileage regulations, the Center for Individual Freedom (CFIF) this week launched a massive new grassroots campaign called Free My Ride.

Free My Ride is an active coalition of concerned drivers, auto enthusiasts and all who believe it is wrong for the government to meddle with the rights of automobile owners to buy and operate the vehicles they want and need.  It ensures a voice for American consumers against vehicle cost increases dictated by the government's obsession with new fuel economy mandates that will decrease driver safety and increase the price of cars and trucks while doing little, if anything at all, to reduce gasoline consumption and auto emissions.

"Americans have long been free to choose vehicles that best fit our lifestyles and work needs, but lawmakers in Washington, D.C. now want to mandate vehicles that are smaller, slower, weaker, more expensive and less safe," said CFIF President Jeffrey Mazzella.   "Increased fuel economy mandates have already proven to be failed policies.  Yet, the farmer's pick-up truck, the family van, the outdoorsman's SUV and the commuter's full-size sedan are all being attacked by the federal government for strictly political reasons.

"Through Free My Ride, everyday American consumers will now have a voice against mileage and fuel economy standards that threaten the utility of our vehicles and the safety of our families," Mazzella continued.

Free My Ride maintains a stand-alone website, which can be accessed at www.FreeMyRide.com.  In addition to providing background on the issue, the website encourages visitors to contact their elected officials though e-mail and by calling a toll-free phone number. 

"Engineers should design cars and trucks based on consumer demand, not politicians kow-towing to elitists and bowing to environmental hysteria," said Mazzella.   "This project empowers consumers to send that message to their elected officials loud and clear.

Free My Ride is a project of the Center for Individual Freedom (www.cfif.org), a constitutional and free-market advocacy organization with more than 250,000 supporters and activists nationwide.


[Posted June 7, 2007
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