MESSAGE FROM BILLIE JOE:
This is a public service announcement from Yours Truly!
Toyota wants everyone to think they are green -- but behind the scenes, they are working against progress.
More than a million people bought a Prius hybrid from Toyota because they want to do the right thing for our planet. Hybrid cars are great because they can go many more miles on a gallon of gas than a regular car can, so they put out less of the pollution that is causing global warming.
Right now, Congress is working on a bill that could get car companies to manufacture cars that are more like the Prius, cars that can go an average of at least 35 miles on every gallon of gas. This would be the first improvement in U.S. fuel economy standards in almost 20 years, and it would save America 1.2 million barrels of oil every day. That is more oil than we import from Saudi Arabia.
But now Toyota is copping out. It's hard to believe, but the company that makes the Prius and other super-efficient hybrids is trying to stop Congress from taking the strongest possible action to make cars more efficient.
Go to GreenDayNRDC.com and tell Toyota to stop lobbying against the 35 miles per gallon by 2020 standard!
The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers -- the powerful lobbying group that Toyota is an active member of -- is saying the goal of making cars by 2020 that get an average of 35 miles per gallon is "unattainable." That makes no sense, since Toyota is making the Prius, which gets almost 50 miles per gallon, right now!
Toyota advertises itself as the greenest car company. That company needs to walk the walk. Go to GreenDayNRDC.com now. Tell Toyota to stop fighting progress and start fighting global warming!
Thanks for taking action to reduce America's dangerous dependence on oil.
Billie Joe Armstrong
Green Day + NRDC