University of Michigan Students Appeal to Ford for "Climate-friendly" Vehicles

Environmental group wants to see mileage and emissions improvements across entire Ford Motor Company product line, not just Escape Hybrid.

Published: 06-Feb-2004

The Bluewater Network enlisted the help of University students yesterday to arouse a public appeal to Chief Executive Officer William Ford for a “climate-friendly” Ford Motor Co.

Bluewater staff member Amy Faulring and volunteers stood on the Diag from noon to 3 p.m. with cell phones and Ford’s office number in hand. In a nationally choreographed movement, they asked supporters to call Ford’s office and pledge to boycott his company’s vehicles until it lives up to its “environmental promises.”

“Bill Ford is supposedly an environmentalist, but his cars speak another story,” said LSA freshman Pooja Varma, a student volunteer. Many environmental groups and scientists have criticized Ford for the discordance between his public rhetoric and what activists claim is a poor performance by the company on EPA fuel-economy tests.



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