(Washington D.C.) Ucs News–The Bush Administration yesterday kicked off a process to determine whether the GM Hummer H1, H2 and H3 should be added to the United States endangered species list because their suburban habitat is being threatened by high gas prices.
The action is “a significant acknowledgement of what the failed US energy policy is doing to American automakers,” said Kassie Siegel, an attorney with the Center for Automotive Diversity in Detroit, Michigan.
In December general Motors Corporation and the United Auto Workers Union , sued the U.S. government to protect the Hummer from extinction.
According to the conservationists, Crude oils steadily rising price is causing the Hummers sales numbers to plummet. Many scientists say the increase in oil prices is due, in part, to increasing human activities such as driving oversized cars and RVs.
If the Hummer is given federal protection, it would be the first U.S. Sport Utility Vehicle officially deemed to be in danger of extinction because of global warming, the conservation groups said.
Rosa Meehan, the chief of SUV protection at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Anchorage, Alaska, said the conservation groups presented sufficient information to merit a close look at the status of Hummers.
“It doesn’t mean that we are going to list them or that we’re not,” she said. “We know things are changing. We know a lot more about Hummer than we did a few years ago. We need to review their status.”