A new report has found that up to 570,000 jobs will be created in the U.S. by 2030 as a direct result of the vehicle fuel economy standards that have recently been proposed by the Obama administration.
The study found that 50,000 new jobs in light-duty vehicle manufacturing and assembly alone will be created by 2030 as a result of the proposal, which looks to raise fuel economy on light-duty vehicles built between 2017- 2025, reaching 54.5 miles per gallon (mpg) and 163 grams of carbon dioxide per mile (g/mi).
On top of that, the report, entitled Gearing Up: Smart Standards Create Good Jobs Building Cleaner Cars, will also save drivers money at the gas pump, open new markets abroad for U.S. auto-manufacturers, and increase wages for middle class workers even faster than jobs growth.
“Reducing fuel use and our reliance on oil is one of the greatest challenges we face today,” said BlueGreen Alliance Executive Director David Foster. “High fuel costs deplete Americans’ wallets and deplete natural resources. Doubling vehicle fuel economy is a leap forward that will alleviate our dependence on oil at the same time providing significant economic and environmental benefits.”
The report supposed the idea that by retooling, expanding, and advancing vehicles and components to produce cleaner, more fuel-efficient cars, more jobs will be created.
“Take all the posturing out of the equation and everybody knows that the only way to deal with high gas prices is to use less gas,” said Michael Brune, Executive Director of the Sierra Club. “With this new proposal, building on his strong 2016 standards, President Obama has taken the single biggest step of any U.S. President ever to slash our oil dependence, cut greenhouse gas pollution and get our economy back in gear.”
“More fuel-efficient cars and light-trucks means less reliance on oil and less carbon dioxide pollution that causes climate change,” said Peter Lehner, Executive Director of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). “These proposed standards— and the standards that preceded them — are bringing huge benefits to America’s economy and environment.”
Considering that America spends $1 billion a day on foreign oil, any move away from dependency on oil is a good thing.
The BlueGreen Alliance has estimated that, by 2030, these proposed standards will save drivers of passenger cars and light trucks approximately $61 billion dollars per year on their gasoline bill, even after accounting for the slightly higher purchase price of more fuel-efficient vehicles. By the time the proposed standards have fully taken effect in 2025, they will save consumers an estimated $4,000 dollars over the life of a vehicle.
“The proposed fuel economy standards create jobs in two ways,” noted ACEEE Executive Director Steven Nadel. “First, jobs are created to design and produce more efficient cars, and the parts used in those cars. Second, consumers save money on their fuel bills, and respend those fuel savings in ways that help the economy to grow.”
“The drive to improve fuel economy is paying off for the automotive sector, for the economy and the environment,” said United Auto Workers (UAW) President Bob King. “These vehicles require more quality components — creating good jobs — and we are working to ensure they will be manufactured here domestically by union members. By making vehicles that use less fuel and are better for the environment, the U.S. auto industry will continue to thrive.”
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