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Fact: According to Environmental Defense, 1.7 million barrels per day have been saved by the CAFE improvements of the late 70s and early 80s. Interestingly, the American Geological Institue estimates that we can only hope for 4.3 billion barrels of oil from Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) with 95% certainty. In other words, the savings made with technologies 20 years ago would have compensated for ANWR drilling yields, at this 95% certainty level, in less than 7 years. Further, according to NRDC, we could save 15 times the projected oil output of ANWR by raising average gas mileage standards in the US to 40 mpg by 2012 (40 mpg is a number considered economically achievable today by the National Academy of Sciences).

Action: Make a difference -- make your voice heard on this issue and help save one of the Earth's pristine ecosystems! Environmental Defense's Arctic Refuge Campaign

Sources: Sierra Club, National Academy of Sciences, USGS, American Geological Institue, Office of Transportation Technologies

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