Union of Concerned Scientists Endorses Automotive X PRIZE
Pasadena, CA-January 25, 2007 - The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) today endorsed the Automotive X PRIZE, a multi-million dollar global competition designed to inspire a new generation of super-efficient vehicles that dramatically reduce oil dependence and greenhouse gas emissions.
The Union of Concerned Scientists issued the following statement:
"The Union of Concerned Scientists and scientists around the world know that global warming is one of the most serious challenges facing us today. Any serious effort to protect our climate must reduce emissions from cars and trucks. Yet for too long, automakers have failed to bring together available technologies that could dramatically reduce global warming pollution. That's why the Union of Concerned Scientists proudly supports the Automotive X PRIZE, which will inspire a new generation of clean and efficient vehicles that will help bring promising technologies to market, create new jobs, can reduce our dependence on oil, and save American consumers billions of dollars."
The Union of Concerned Scientists is the leading science-based nonprofit working for a healthy environment and a safer world. UCS combines independent scientific research and citizen action to develop innovative, practical solutions and to secure responsible changes in government policy, corporate practices, and consumer choices.
The Automotive X PRIZE is a project of the X PRIZE Foundation, an educational nonprofit organization. Its mission is to create radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity. Based on the success of the $10 million Ansari X PRIZE, the foundation is widely regarded as the leading prize management institute in the world.
ABOUT THE X PRIZE FOUNDATION
The X PRIZE foundation is an educational nonprofit prize institute whose mission is to create radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity. On October 4, 2007, the X PRIZE foundation captured world headlines when Mojave Aerospace Ventures, led by legendary aircraft designer Burt Rutan and Microsoft Co-founder Paul Allen, built and flew the world's first private vehicle in space twice in two weeks to win the $10 million Ansari X Prize. The Foundation has since expanded its mission beyond space exploration to offer new prizes for breakthroughs in the areas of life improvement, equity of opportunity and sustainability. In October of 2006, the X PRIZE Foundation announced the $10 million Archon X PRIZE for Genomics, which will reward the first private effort to map 100 human genomes in 10 days, ushering in a new era of personalized preventative medicine. For more information please visit www.xprize.org or email us.