Washington, D.C.— Today, Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) congratulated the diverse group of American shippers, deliverers, and retailers that have come together to launch the Americans for Modern Transportation (AMT) coalition.
“Although recent efficiency gains have made an impact, the American transportation sector is still singularly dependent on oil, which threatens our economy and undermines U.S. strategic interests,” stated Robbie Diamond, the President and CEO of SAFE. “Oil currently powers 92 percent of America’s transportation sector, making decreased fuel demand and increased fuel choice alternatives a priority both economically and in terms of America’s national security,” he added.
“Central to this goal is combining infrastructure enhancements with efficient trucking and policies as well as incentives for better safety and fuel technology. We are excited to work with transportation leaders and innovators in the new administration and 115th Congress to make strides towards a modern transportation system,” Americans for Modern Transportation added in its release.
The goals of the AMT coalition are aligned with the recommendations SAFE made in its National Strategy for Energy Security, released in May last year. The National Strategy’s recommendations include creating incentives for medium- and heavy-duty advanced fuel vehicle purchases, and the creation of freight vehicle standards that promote efficiency without compromising safety.
About Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE)
Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) is an action-oriented, nonpartisan organization that aims to reduce America’s dependence on oil. Near-total dependence on petroleum in the transportation sector undermines the nation’s economic and national security, and constrains U.S. foreign policy. To combat these threats, SAFE advocates for expanded domestic production of U.S. oil and gas resources, continued improvements in vehicle fuel efficiency, and transportation sector innovations including electric vehicles, natural gas trucks, and autonomous vehicles. In 2006, SAFE joined with General P.X. Kelley (Ret.), 28th Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, and Frederick W. Smith, Chairman, President, and CEO of FedEx Corporation, to form the Energy Security Leadership Council (ESLC), a group of business and former military leaders committed to reducing the United States’ dependence on oil. Today, the ESLC is co-chaired by Frederick W. Smith and General James T. Conway (Ret), 34th Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps.
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