Our Point of View: Toyota Supports Economy-Wide Reductions of Greenhouse Gases

October 22, 2009

by Josephine S. Cooper

Recently, you may have seen some reports or emails critical of Toyota's membership in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in light of the Chamber's position on reducing greenhouse gases. We want to set the record straight.
Toyota is a member of a wide array of groups, but none has our full proxy. Our association with any one of them does not signify that we agree with all of their policies. It means we are there to have a dialogue and engage in making good public policy. Toyota speaks for itself and has its own position on mitigating climate change, backed up by a strong track record of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
As the record shows, Toyota has long supported global economy-wide reductions of greenhouse gases, and we are committed to working cooperatively with the U.S. and other governments to achieve these reductions in every market where we operate. That is why Toyota Motor Sales President Jim Lentz stood with President Obama at the White House last May in support of a national program to reduce greenhouse gases from vehicles.  We will not disappoint when it comes time to deliver.  
In fact, we have not waited for government legislation or regulation to address these issues. We are the leader in fuel efficient vehicles in the U.S.  We are the leader in hybrid technology, and are making major investments to develop and bring to market even more advanced hybrids, plug-in hybrids, pure electrics and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.  And, we’ve already cut CO2 emissions and energy use from our manufacturing plants on a per-vehicle basis by 19% since 2000.
Our actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions speak for themselves, and we are focused on moving ahead with real-world solutions.
Josephine S. Cooper
Group Vice President, Public Policy and Government/Industry Affairs
Toyota Motor North America

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Margaret Vargas said...
ok Mostly ll the cars I've own has been toyota their dependable economic on gas I've believe their especially concern about the greenhouse gas and my point and other they are the NUMBER ONE !!! when it comes to manufacturing good cars and they records stands on it espeicaly when it comes to global warming if not they would have manufacture large gas gusler their number one then this happens with the recalls I feel their is someone sabotaging the companies reputation in all my life I don't remember toyota having so much problem with their car now all of a sudden the pedal stick ascceralation problem everything to do with wasting gas and global warming hello wake up somebody doesn't want u to remain number one and making you look bad and another thing toyota rep. don't worry you have a great reputation it doesn't matter how much someone elsewant to hurt this company I will never stop buying toyota I could never afford a new but when used and hand me down have never disappointed me GOOD LUCK just hang in there!!! keep doing the right thing you invest in us you invest in our planet you see we take care of the planet it take care of us and each other that's what makes the industry working
2/23/10 at 12:00 AM

Wendy Lee said...
I'm new to these blogs about Toyota and this is quite an old stream of diatribe against Toyota being a Chamber of Commerce member. Every businessman and manufacturer aound the country should be a member of the chamber of commerce in their community for a great many reasons that re too lenghy to list here. I hope Toyota will always be a Chamber member as will all the other car comanies...the government is askigng for too much from business in so many other ways that they all need a voice through which to communicate their discomfort orfull disagreement with government policies on many matters. What is most important for one group won't mean anything for another but the Chamber's voice leads credence to it nonetheless.
2/5/10 at 12:00 AM

Rick Koehler said...
Whoa. Somewhere between the shrill "Toyota must wear sackcloth and build cars from sustainable butterfly manure" and the equally strident "Humans have no impact on the environment end-timers", there has to be a few people with common sense? I, too, will mount my soapbox and firmly state that buying a Prius is way better than buying a Dualie PowerStroke F350 to go the grocery store, and we will continue to buy Toyotas since they are at least making an effort (and have been for some time). Meaningful change is made by people working together.
12/6/09 at 12:00 AM

Craig Carney said...
It would appear to me that a company that runs an add about some brainless twitt who drives 400 miles every weekend to see his lady, isn't the least bit interested in greenhouse gases or anyother gas. However, from a marketing standpoint it is perfect as I'm sure that's exactly the type of person who would buy one.
11/14/09 at 12:00 AM

Will Stevens said...
Really? I hope you're not serious, but given the tone of your post, you likely are. Look, most people recognize the has-been, non-problem of so-called "global warming" is truly a bunch of HOT AIR! Apparently you're a bit late to the party. You need to stop listening to Al Gore, and start paying attention to the world around you. The earth is currently in a COOLING trend. I suppose the causal factor is also greenhouse gas? Look, extreme environmentalism is big $$$, just like oil is big $$$. The worst car for the environment Mr. T makes is the bloody Prius. People don't seem to consider the damage being done by all the battery factories in China which are completely unregulated, introducing heavy metals into our water. Battery manufacture is very "dirty". Worry about the poisoning of our water, not the greenhouse gas. My 12 year old Land Cruisers have a much lower carbon footprint than any new Toyota. Barring a wreck, they will likely be on the road another 20+ years (and no, fossil fuel isn't in short supply as the envirotards would have you believe). It is much "friendlier to Gaia, earth mother" to maintain an older, "less efficient" vehicle, than to support the continuing manufacture of new vehicles and suffer all the environmental evils that are the bi-products of their manufacture. You're not going to buy another Toyota? Please. Do the math, and leave Mr. T alone. Toyota has done enough appeasing of the deluded "greenies" with the Prius. They don't need to continue pandering to and propagating the misinformation campaign of big-environmentalism.
11/13/09 at 12:00 AM

Peter Hinshaw said...
As a long time Toyota owner I'm extremely disappointed that Toyota is not taking a much stronger stance regarding the Chamber of Commerce and its attack on national green policy. Consumers have many choices when it comes to transportation. I will not buy another Toyota until Toyota rectifies this situation.
11/9/09 at 12:00 AM

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