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Save Oil and Curb Global Warming: Cash for Clunkers

The national Cash For Clunkers program (aka CARS) is generating a media storm. The $1 billion program gives vouchers of $3500 or $4500 toward the purchase of a new vehicle if you have a clunker to trade in. These are taxpayer dollars to help sell new cars. It is up to consumers to put these dollars toward the purchase of highly efficient new vehicles not just a new guzzler.

Help inform consumers of the choices they can make, take a moment to write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper.

1. Find your local paper, or search online by the name of your paper.
2. Use our sample letter to get started. Be sure to personalize your letter!
3. Check out our tips below on how to write an effective LTE.
4. Report back! Let us know you sent your letter by filling out our form below.


Sample Letters:

Dear Editor,

The Federal Government’s Cash for Clunkers program is up and running, allowing consumers with cars or trucks that get 18 miles to the gallon or less to trade in those vehicles and get vouchers worth $3500 or $4500 toward the purchase of a new vehicle. Up to $1 billion has been allocated for this program to help sell nearly 250,000 vehicles.

Cash for Clunkers provides Americans with the chance to do the right thing: Reduce our dependence on oil and curb global warming. This is a chance to get a clunker that travels a mere 18 miles per gallon or less off the road and replace it with something much more fuel efficient. By trading up to a car that gets around 30 mpg, this program can help save you money at the pump, curb global warming and our addiction to oil.

In Washington, the Senate is working on much needed legislation that combats climate change. In the meantime, through Cash for Clunkers, some 250,000 Americans can make a choice that can help curb global warming and our dangerous dependence on oil.

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Dear Editor,

Cash for Clunkers rarely has a government program gotten so much attention in the press; perhaps with good reason. How often does the government offer consumers $3500 or $4500 off the price of a new vehicle? Consumers are in the drivers seat to make this program into one that will save consumers money the pump, reduce our addiction to oil and curb global warming.

While Cash for Clunkers does allow a consumer to trade in a 15 mpg pickup and get $3500 toward the purchase of one that is a mere 1 mpg better it also allows consumers to make some great choices. There are plenty of cars for sale today that can help consumers save nearly $1000 per year at the pump and emit less global warming pollution. Making wise choices could mean that 250,000 new fuel efficient vehicles hit the road.

So if you utilize Cash for Clunkers - don’t aim low on MPG. Aim high and we will all benefit.

How to Write an Effective Letter to the Editor:

 Put your full first and last name, address, phone and/or fax numbers (day and evening) and your e-mail address at the top of the letter.

Most publications will want to call the writer to confirm authenticity: (i.e. that you are using your correct name, not a phony name, and that you did in fact write the letter).

  Be Brief — State your position as succinctly as possible without eliminating necessary detail. Keep your paragraphs short. Long rambling sentences and digressions will cause people to lose interest quickly. Stick to one subject.

 Don't forget to proofread and spellcheck! If your paper requires a typed letter be sure to double space.

 Know your paper — Most papers' length limit for a letter to the editor (LTE) is around 250 words. Stick to this so an editor does not cut out the important points of your letter. You can usually find a paper's guidelines on the letters page of their website.

 For more info, check out our LTE guide. pdf

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