Gutting America’s Fuel Economy Standards Puts Jobs, Innovation At Risk in Michigan
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is moving forward with plans to gut the nation’s future fuel economy standards for cars and light-duty trucks.
A labor-environmental partnership in the state argues that rolling back the standards would be bad for workers and communities in Michigan. Frank Houston is the Regional Program Manager for the BlueGreen Alliance in Michigan. He says that nearly 70,000 workers in Michigan are making the components and materials needed to make cars, trucks, and SUVs more fuel efficient than ever.
HOUSTON: “Weakening fuel economy standards hits the brakes on American innovation and endangers jobs. We’ve seen billions of dollars of investments and thousands of jobs in Michigan ensuring any vehicle you choose to buy gets world-class fuel efficiency. (:13) Download MP3.
Automakers have made or promised at least $23 billion in investments in 41 facilities in Michigan alone since 2008. Houston says a significant portion of that investment represents added and enhanced investment in innovative products and manufacturing processes made to meet the nation’s commonsense fuel economy and greenhouse gas standards.
HOUSTON: “Keeping strong standards keeps that investment flowing and those jobs secure. Rolling back standards means we lose ground in the race with China and other countries to design and build the best new vehicles and risk sending more American auto jobs overseas.” (:15) Download MP3.
The EPA will be taking input on the proposed changes over the coming weeks.