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Monday, November 12, 2007   

Helena, MT – A group of Montana veterans wants to "grease the wheel" when it comes to lessening U.S. dependence on foreign oil. They've sent a letter to Congress asking for better mileage standards for cars and trucks.

Iraq war veteran and Montana state legislator Kevin Furey likes their idea of tapping into technology to lessen dependence on foreign oil.

"That really means a lot to me as a veteran. My brothers and sisters in the military hopefully won’t have to go back overseas to fight for more oil to import to our country."

Some auto companies argue the standards proposed are too high and could compromise safety. But Vietnam vet Tom Huddleston, a member of the Montana Board of Veterans' Affairs, believes a little American ingenuity could get the job done.

"The technology already exists to propel our cars and trucks greater distances on the same amount of fuel."

26 Montana veterans signed the petition this Veterans Day asking Congress to increase the standards and end what they see as a connection between oil and war.




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