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May 05, 2008

Re "Lawmakers don't warm to green cars," May 1

I have some advice for all those members of Congress whining about the new efficiency requirements for their taxpayer-funded vehicles: If they want to drive inefficient, socially irresponsible vehicles, let them pay for them themselves.

I was dismayed to learn that my own congresswoman drives one of the more polluting cars on the market. I am completely confounded that taxpayers continue to fund congressional vehicles at all. Members earn some of the highest salaries in the country; why do they expect a free ride? Talk about biting the hand that feeds them.

Daniel Loftin

Long Beach

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Of the 21 House members (11 Democrats and 10 Republicans) ranked by lowest-emitting vehicles, eight of the top 10 are Democrats. Seven of the bottom 10 are Republicans.

Is anybody surprised?

Tobi Dragert

Los Angeles

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Rep. Elton Gallegly (R-Simi Valley) is opposed to leasing low-pollution, fuel-efficient vehicles such as the Toyota Prius because that car is not made in America.

This implies that it's OK to pollute America, as long as the polluting equipment is American-made.

Shelley Martin

San Pedro

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