WEBINAR: Faith to Ford campaign — making a clean cars dealership visit

Central PA team of faith leaders welcomed for conversation with State College Ford owner John Morris.

Nationally, Interfaith Power & Light, United Methodist Women, and United Church of Christ have been putting pressure on the Ford Motor Company to stand by the Clean Car Standards that they initially supported and to cease their advocacy for a weakened standard or “additional flexibility.”

The groups already delivered an enormous scroll of faith-leader signatures to Ford headquarters.  Now we are engaging in conversation with Ford dealerships, letting them know that people in their communities —people of faith in particular—want cleaner cars and are concerned about their company’s efforts to undermine the Clean Car Standards, and asking them to communicate this e to Headquarters as well.

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PA IPL has already conducted one of these faith leader conversations with a local Ford dealership, and we’d like to celebrate more… and eventually celebrate together with the dealers as Ford hears, recognizes, and responds positively to these requests.

This campaign started in fall 2018 with  testimony at the federal hearings (in 3 cities) about whether or not we should roll back the clean-cars tailpipe and fleet standards that the auto industry helped create, and that then had public hearings, which resulted in their adoption. Standards such as these are responsible for the improved mileage and reduced pollution of cars over the last decades.  The campaign has continued with outreach to Ford particularly, because Ford (like each of the American carmakers) supported the standards when they were adopted in 2011.  Ford is unique in that they have put energy and resources into greening operations and dealerships in recent years, and have celebrated that publicly… which makes it all the more confusing that some in Ford leadership  have not only spoken in favor of rolling back these standards, but have led other automakers in requesting such rollbacks in 2016.  Our hope is that consumer communication with Ford —from dealerships up through corporate offices — will help remind Ford of its past commitments, and encourage Ford to lead in the direction we want to go — cleaner air and a stable, balanced atmosphere.

The current Clean Car Standards are set to nearly double fuel efficiency by 2025, and are the single most significant global warming policy we have on the books. Though they were at the table when these standards were drafted (and then vetted and given public hearings)  the auto industry wants to slow the drive to cleaner, more efficient, capable  vehicles, just when they are most needed.

Click here to receive our “Faith to Ford” Campaign Guide to help you join with others in your local community in this effort, and sign up for an informational webinar on January 29th.

Faith to Ford

Central PA team of faith leaders welcomed for conversation with State College Ford owner John Morris.

A group of faith leaders recently made a visit to State College Ford, where they were welcomed by dealership owner John Morris for conversation. They are pictured here with a scroll of signatures of people of faith, urging Ford to return to its original strong support of the Clean Cars standards, in alignment with Ford’s celebration of their greener dealerships.

Learn More about this effort, or check out a webinar for those wishing to get involved.


The article below was published in  the Morrisons Cove Herald  on January 17, 2019.

 In sharing the article with John Morris, PA IPL Board President Greg Williams wrote:
“I wanted to thank you again for your hospitality in welcoming the group of folks from Pennsylvania Interfaith Power and Light to State College Ford in early December and listening to our concerns about Ford Motor Co.’s moves to roll back the Clean Car Standards. I was hoping that we might be able to get some positive press for you and finally got an article and picture published in the Morrisons Cove Herald of January 17, 2019.   The article is attached. 

  Other than getting the month of our visit wrong,  I was happy with the accuracy of what was printed. I  hope you feel the same way and I hope that readers who are concerned about the impact of automobile emissions on our environment and the increasing dangers of climate change, on the health of all who are suffering from degraded air quality, and the inordinate effects of these  problems on lower income front line communities, including the Morrisons Cove area appreciate your openness to meeting with us and perhaps bring their business to you.  I got the impression from your comments that we share concerns about the world our children and grandchildren will have to face. 

    Efforts to meet and talk with other Ford dealerships in Pennsylvania and throughout the United States will continue.  In fact, I’ll be part of a Webinar designed for members of Interfaith Power and Light, United Methodist Women, and United Church of Christ on how to voice our concerns to Ford dealerships. I will be delighted to share the positive experience we had in our visit to State College Ford. 

Thanks again. Hope all is well with you and your family.”