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  • Ghost Town Now Boom Town:  Innovative fuel efficiency technologies driving job growth, revitalizing communities

    Ghost Town Now Boom Town: Innovative fuel efficiency technologies driving job growth, revitalizing communities

    In my travels around the Midwest this fall, talking to people about clean energy and a safe environment, I’ve heard from many people how they are eager to move beyond politics and start in earnest rebuilding the economy and restoring America to manufacturing leadership.

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  • “What are the next products?” Fuel economy push adds jobs in Ohio

    “What are the next products?” Fuel economy push adds jobs in Ohio

    As Midwest Advocacy Director for the Natural Resources Defense Council, I visit communities around the region who are still suffering the effects of the Great Recession. In the heat of election season, every bit of economic news tends to be viewed through a partisan lens. But as political passions cool a bit, what you find is a hunger among Americans of all political stripes for new jobs and business opportunities – and for ways to create a cleaner, and more [...]

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  • NY Times writer touts taxes over fuel standards

    NY Times writer touts taxes over fuel standards

    Cites costs, but skips benefits ‚Äì Reuters responds In a curious column, New York Times business writer Eduardo Porter claims that “many economists”, without citing any by name,  think the cost of new federal fuel economy and emissions standards “actually outweigh the benefits.” “A gas tax that goads drivers to choose gas-sippers,” he argues, is a more cost-effective way to achieve the environmental and social benefits of reduced petroleum consumption.

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  • Auto Jobs Are Growing — And Fuel Efficiency Is a Major Factor

    Auto Jobs Are Growing — And Fuel Efficiency Is a Major Factor

    As the federal government prepares to launch new rules on fuel economy and emissions, a new report from DrivingGrowth.org finds that auto jobs are growing ‚Äì and the push for more efficient vehicles is a major factor. Since June 2009 when the auto industry hit bottom, the U.S. auto industry has grown by 236,600 jobs, according to “How Fuel Efficiency is Driving Job Growth in the U.S. Auto Industry,” authored by Roland Hwang of the Natural Resources Defense Council and [...]

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  • Blue Book Goes Green

    Blue Book Goes Green

    Kelley’s Features 27 New Car Models Rated at 40 mpg or Better… The high mileage future is here. Kelley’s Blue Book, a consumer resource for pricing and other data on new and used vehicles, is going green with a feature highlighting new car models rated at 40 mpg for city driving, highway driving, or both.

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  • Alcoa adds 1,000 jobs as demand grows for lightweight auto materials

    Alcoa adds 1,000 jobs as demand grows for lightweight auto materials

    Earlier this month, Reuters reported that aluminum maker Alcoa is among the U.S. companies now adding jobs: “We have been hiring over the past 12 months, about 1,000 people across our business, the majority of those in the U.S. In the last quarter, we have been hiring as well,” a spokeswoman said. This includes hiring at facilities in Davenport, Iowa and Lafayette, Indiana. At an industry meeting in New York on June 13th, Randall Scheps, the company’s director of automotive [...]

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