New fuel standards will create 'jobs in the U.S. auto industry'

Dozens of speakers spoke in favor of the proposed new corporate average fuel economy standards at a public hearing in Detroit last month, including UAW President Bob King, corporate leaders, consumer advocates and environmental groups. King’s comments were typical of many when he said, “We believe the drive to increase fuel-efficiency and reduce tailpipe pollution is creating jobs in the U.S. auto industry.”

David Foster, representing the Blue-Green Alliance, said, “By developing and producing advanced fuel-saving technology in the United States, automakers and suppliers can create quality jobs and provide the clean, fuel-efficient cars and light trucks consumers want.”

Charles Griffith, climate and energy program director at the Ecology Center, also spoke in favor of the proposed rules at the hearing, which was convened by the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Griffith expressed support for the electric and plug-in electric vehicle incentives in the rules, pointing out their specific benefits to the Michigan economy and to job-creation opportunities generally for advanced vehicle technologies. Griffith also pointed out the savings to consumers at the pump, as well improved energy security and emission reduction benefits of the standards.

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