ELCA Presiding Bishop Mark S. Hanson and more than 50 Christian and Jewish religious leaders urged Ford, General Motors and Chrysler to give higher priority to building cleaner, more fuel-efficient cars. "Our reliance on oil, so central to the operation of the automobile, is warming the planet, contributing to the causes of war and increasing the burden on the poor," said the November letter, which asked auto producers to be good stewards of creation.
A Ford official says the company will improve SUV fuel economy 25 percent by 2005. But an Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers spokesperson said demand is high for bigger vehicles, while "very few people" buy the three dozen American-made cars that get at least 30 miles per gallon.
Hoping to influence consumer demand, the religious partnership is encouraging displays of fuel-efficient cars in church parking lots.
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