SEMA eNews Vol. 10, No. 23, June 7, 2007

ACTION ALERT—OPPOSE ARBITRARY CAFE INCREASES!

The U.S. Senate is scheduled to vote on an energy bill during the week of June 11 that includes a provision to dramatically raise the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) Standards. If enacted into law, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) would be required to increase the combined CAFE standards for passenger cars and light trucks by 4% a year through 2030, to a combined average of 52 mpg. The current standards are 27.5 mpg for cars and 22.2 for light trucks, SUVs and minivans. 

SEMA urges you to contact your two Senators (below) in opposition to arbitrary CAFE increases contained in the energy bill fuel economy and in support of reasonable increases that take into account technological feasibility, safety, jobs and consumer choice.  SEMA is working with the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers in this effort.  SEMA and the automakers believe NHTSA, rather than Congress, has better expertise in establishing balanced and realistic CAFE standards.

Time is of the essence so your message should be e-mailed to your Senators.  SEMA has made the process very simple:

1. Find your two Senators below (listed by state) and click on the link. The link will either send you to their webmail or automatically create an e-mail. 

2. Cut and paste the pre-written letter into an e-mail.  Please feel free to personalize the letter.

3. Send an e-mail to Stuart Gosswein (stuartg@sema.org) in SEMA's D.C. office letting us know you have added your voice to the cause.

Sample E-Mail

[DATE]

The Honorable [FULL NAME]
United States Senate
Washington, D.C. 20510
 
Dear Senator [Last Name]:
 
I am writing to urge you to oppose the arbitrary CAFE increase contained in S. 1419 and, instead, urge you to vote for technologically feasible increases that preserve consumer safety and choice.

I am contacting you on behalf of  [COMPANY NAME]  and its  [INSERT NUMBER]  employees.  [Company name] is located in  [city and state], and  [indicate nature of business, e.g., manufacture engine parts, sell automotive components in retail stores or service trucks and automobiles].  The company is also a member of the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), a trade association that has over 7,000 member companies and represents the $36.7 billion specialty-automotive industry headquartered in Diamond Bar, California.

Our company values fuel economy—but we also value many other attributes that come with a new automobile such as safety, passenger and cargo room, performance, towing, hauling capacity and more.  Our industry produces many of the products that provide all of these attributes, including better fuel economy.  We believe CAFE decisions are best made by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration since experts at this federal agency can balance fuel economy with other issues, such as jobs, consumer choice and safety. 

I urge you to support an alternative to this extreme legislation that will significantly increase fuel economy in a realistic fashion, while also mandating an increased production of automobiles that run on alternative fuels like ethanol, biodiesel and other bio fuels, and encouraging more gas stations to offer these alternative fuels.

I urge you support consumer choice and vote for the better fuel economy alternative.

Sincerely,

[NAME, TITLE]
 

United States Senate

Alabama
Sessions, Jeff- (R - AL)
Web Form: sessions.senate.gov/email/contact.cfm  

Shelby, Richard C.- (R - AL)
E-mail: senator@shelby.senate.gov

Alaska
Murkowski, Lisa- (R - AK)
Web Form: murkowski.senate.gov/contact.cfm

Stevens, Ted- (R - AK)
Web Form: http://stevens.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.EmailSenatorStevens

Arizona
Kyl, Jon- (R - AZ)
Web Form: kyl.senate.gov/contact.cfm

McCain, John- (R - AZ)
Web Form: http://mccain.senate.gov/contact/index.cfm?ID=64

Arkansas
Lincoln, Blanche L.- (D - AR)
Web Form: lincoln.senate.gov/webform.html

Pryor, Mark L.- (D - AR)
Web Form: pryor.senate.gov/contact/

California
Boxer, Barbara- (D - CA)
Web Form: http://boxer.senate.gov/contact/email/policy.cfm
Feinstein, Dianne- (D - CA)
Web Form: feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=ContactU...

Colorado
Allard, Wayne- (R - CO)
Web Form: allard.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.Home

Salazar, Ken- (D - CO)
Web Form: salazar.senate.gov/contact/email.cfm

Connecticut
Dodd, Christopher J.- (D - CT)
Web Form: http://dodd.senate.gov/index.php?q=node/3128&cat=Opinion
Lieberman, Joseph I.- (ID - CT)
Web Form: lieberman.senate.gov/contact/index.cfm?regarding=issue

Delaware
Biden, Joseph R., Jr.- (D - DE)
Web Form: biden.senate.gov/contact/emailjoe.cfm

Carper, Thomas R.- (D - DE)
Web Form: carper.senate.gov/aemail.htm

Florida
Martinez, Mel- (R - FL)
Web Form: martinez.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=ContactIn...
Nelson, Bill- (D - FL)
Web Form: billnelson.senate.gov/contact/email.cfm

Georgia
Chambliss, Saxby- (R - GA)
Web Form: chambliss.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=ContactU...
Isakson, Johnny- (R - GA)
Web Form: isakson.senate.gov/contact.cfm

Hawaii
Akaka, Daniel K.- (D - HI)
Web Form: akaka.senate.gov/email.cfm
Inouye, Daniel K.- (D - HI)
Web Form: inouye.senate.gov/abtform.html

Idaho
Craig, Larry E.- (R - ID)
Web Form: http://craig.senate.gov/webform.cfm
Crapo, Mike- (R - ID)
Web Form: crapo.senate.gov/contact/email.cfm

Illinois
Durbin, Richard- (D - IL)
Web Form: durbin.senate.gov/contact.cfm

Obama, Barack- (D - IL)
Web Form: obama.senate.gov/contact/

Indiana
Bayh, Evan- (D - IN)
Web Form: http://bayh.senate.gov/LegForm.htm

Lugar, Richard G.- (R - IN)
E-mail: senator_lugar@lugar.senate.gov

Iowa
Grassley, Chuck- (R - IA)
Web Form: grassley.senate.gov/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.Home

Harkin, Tom- (D - IA)
Web Form: harkin.senate.gov/contact/contact.cfm

Kansas
Brownback, Sam- (R - KS)
Web Form: brownback.senate.gov/CMEmailMe.cfm
Roberts, Pat- (R - KS)
Web Form: roberts.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=ContactInf...

Kentucky
Bunning, Jim- (R - KY)
Web Form: bunning.senate.gov/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.Email
McConnell, Mitch- (R - KY)
Web Form: mcconnell.senate.gov/contact_form.cfm

Louisiana
Landrieu, Mary L.- (D - LA)
Web Form: landrieu.senate.gov/contact/index.cfm
Vitter, David- (R - LA)
Web Form: vitter.senate.gov/?module=webformIQV1

Maine
Collins, Susan M.- (R - ME)
Web Form: collins.senate.gov/public/continue.cfm?FuseAction=Contact...

Snowe, Olympia J.- (R - ME)
Web Form: snowe.senate.gov/contact.htm

Maryland
Cardin, Benjamin L.- (D - MD)
Web Form: cardin.senate.gov/contact/

Mikulski, Barbara A.- (D - MD)
Web Form: mikulski.senate.gov/mailform.html

Massachusetts
Kennedy, Edward M.- (D - MA)
Web Form: kennedy.senate.gov/senator/contact.cfm

Kerry, John F.- (D - MA)
Web Form: kerry.senate.gov/v3/contact/email.html

Michigan
Levin, Carl- (D - MI)\
Web Form: http://levin.senate.gov/contact/index.cfm

Stabenow, Debbie- (D - MI)
Web Form: stabenow.senate.gov/email.htm

Minnesota
Coleman, Norm- (R - MN)
Web Form: coleman.senate.gov/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.ContactForm

Klobuchar, Amy- (D - MN)
Web Form: klobuchar.senate.gov/contact.cfm

Mississippi
Cochran, Thad- (R - MS)
Web Form: cochran.senate.gov/contact.htm

Lott, Trent- (R - MS)
Web Form: lott.senate.gov/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.Email

Missouri
Bond, Christopher S.- (R - MO)
Web Form: bond.senate.gov/contact/contactme.cfm

McCaskill, Claire- (D - MO)
Web Form: mccaskill.senate.gov/contact.cfm

Montana
Baucus, Max- (D - MT)
Web Form: baucus.senate.gov/contact/emailForm.cfm?subj=issue

Tester, Jon- (D - MT)
Web Form: tester.senate.gov/Contact/
 
Nebraska
Hagel, Chuck- (R - NE)
Web Form: hagel.senate.gov/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.Home

Nelson, E. Benjamin- (D - NE)
Web Form: bennelson.senate.gov/contact/email.cfm

Nevada
Ensign, John- (R - NV)
Web Form: ensign.senate.gov/forms/email_form.cfm

Reid, Harry- (D - NV)
Web Form: reid.senate.gov/contact/email_form.cfm

New Hampshire
Gregg, Judd- (R - NH)
Web Form: gregg.senate.gov/sitepages/contact.cfm

Sununu, John E.- (R - NH)
Web Form: www.sununu.senate.gov/webform.html

New Jersey
Lautenberg, Frank R.- (D - NJ)
Web Form: lautenberg.senate.gov/contact/

Menendez, Robert- (D - NJ)
Web Form: menendez.senate.gov/contact/contact.cfm

New Mexico
Bingaman, Jeff- (D - NM)
E-mail: senator_bingaman@bingaman.senate.gov

Domenici, Pete V.- (R - NM)
Web Form: domenici.senate.gov/contact/contactform.cfm

New York
Clinton, Hillary Rodham- (D - NY)
Web Form: http://clinton.senate.gov/contact/webform.cfm?subj=issue

Schumer, Charles E.- (D - NY)
Web Form: schumer.senate.gov/SchumerWebsite/contact/webform.cfm

North Carolina
Burr, Richard- (R - NC)
Web Form: burr.senate.gov/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.Home

Dole, Elizabeth- (R - NC)
Web Form: dole.senate.gov/index.cfm?FuseAction=ContactInformation.C...

North Dakota
Conrad, Kent- (D - ND)
Web Form: conrad.senate.gov/webform.html

Dorgan, Byron L.- (D - ND)
E-mail: senator@dorgan.senate.gov

Ohio
Brown, Sherrod- (D - OH)
Web Form: brown.senate.gov/contact.cfm

Voinovich, George V.- (R - OH)
Web Form: voinovich.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact....

Oklahoma
Coburn, Tom- (R - OK)
Web Form: http://coburn.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=ContactSenatorCoburn.Home

Inhofe, James M.- (R - OK)
Web Form: inhofe.senate.gov/contactus.htm

Oregon
Smith, Gordon H.- (R - OR)
Web Form: gsmith.senate.gov/webform.htm

Wyden, Ron- (D - OR)
Web Form: wyden.senate.gov/contact.html

Pennsylvania
Casey, Robert P., Jr.- (D - PA)
Web Form: casey.senate.gov/contact.cfm

Specter, Arlen- (R - PA)
Web Form: specter.senate.gov/index.cfm?FuseAction=ContactInfo.Home

Rhode Island
Reed, Jack- (D - RI)
Web Form: reed.senate.gov/contact/contact-share.cfm

Whitehouse, Sheldon- (D - RI)
Web Form: whitehouse.senate.gov/contact.cfm

South Carolina
DeMint, Jim- (R - SC)
Web Form: demint.senate.gov/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.Home

Graham, Lindsey- (R - SC)
Web Form: lgraham.senate.gov/index.cfm?mode=contact

South Dakota
Johnson, Tim- (D - SD)
Web Form: johnson.senate.gov/emailform.cfm

Thune, John- (R - SD)
Web Form: http://thune.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.Email

Tennessee
Alexander, Lamar- (R - TN)
Web Form: alexander.senate.gov/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.Home

Corker, Bob- (R - TN)
Web Form: corker.senate.gov/Contact/index.cfm

Texas
Cornyn, John- (R - TX)
Web Form: cornyn.senate.gov/contact/index.html

Hutchison, Kay Bailey- (R - TX)
Web Form: hutchison.senate.gov/contact.html

Utah
Bennett, Robert F.- (R - UT)
Web Form: http://bennett.senate.gov/contact/email_opinion.cfm
Hatch, Orrin G.- (R - UT)
Web Form: hatch.senate.gov/index.cfm?Fuseaction=Offices.Contact

Vermont
Leahy, Patrick J.- (D - VT)
E-mail: senator_leahy@leahy.senate.gov

Sanders, Bernard- (I - VT)
Web Form: sanders.senate.gov/comments/

Virginia
Warner, John- (R - VA)
Web Form: warner.senate.gov/contact/contactme.cfm

Webb, Jim- (D - VA)
Web Form: webb.senate.gov/contact/

Washington
Cantwell, Maria- (D - WA)
Web Form: cantwell.senate.gov/contact/index.html

Murray, Patty- (D - WA)
Web Form: murray.senate.gov/email/index.cfm

West Virginia
Byrd, Robert C.- (D - WV)
Web Form: byrd.senate.gov/byrd_email.html

Rockefeller, John D., IV- (D - WV)
Web Form: rockefeller.senate.gov/services/email.cfm

Wisconsin
Feingold, Russell D.- (D - WI)
Web Form: feingold.senate.gov/contact_opinion.html

Kohl, Herb- (D - WI)
Web Form: kohl.senate.gov/gen_contact.html

Wyoming
Enzi, Michael B.- (R - WY)
Web Form: enzi.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=ContactInform...