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  • New Clean Car Standards: A Job Creator for America and Michigan

    New Clean Car Standards: A Job Creator for America and Michigan

    A Fact Sheet from The BlueGreen Alliance August, 2012 The Obama administration has proposed new performance standards for light-duty vehicles (cars and light trucks) that will require automakers to introduce increasingly fuel efficient and lower polluting cars. The new standard requires each carmaker to achieve an average fleet performance equivalent to 54.5 miles per gallon (mpg) for 2025, which will require an increase in fuel efficiency of about 4 percent annually. »DOWNLOAD THE FULL REPORT

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  • How Fuel Efficiency is Driving Job Growth in the US Auto Industry

    How Fuel Efficiency is Driving Job Growth in the US Auto Industry

    Since June 2009 when the auto industry hit bottom, the U.S. auto industry has grown by 236,600 jobs. Manufacturing of motor vehicles and parts has grown by 165,100 jobs, or 26.4 percent. Another 71,500 jobs have been added at U.S. auto dealerships. Automakers, their suppliers and their dealers are now looking ahead to a brighter future after the dark days of the recession. »DOWNLOAD THE FULL REPORT

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  • Trucks That Work

    Trucks That Work

    by Zoe Lipman, Senior Manager Transportation Solutions; and Mary Ellen Kustin, Transportation Solutions Coordinator National Wildlife Federation 2011 As the nation looks to cut oil use, enhance national security, reduce pollution and provide relief to consumers from high prices at the pump, the most effective near-term means we have to respond is to deliver more efficient cars and trucks. At the end of July, US EPA and NHTSA will release the first-ever standards to increase the fuel efficiency of medium [...]

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  • Summer 2012 Fuel Economy Analysis

    Summer 2012 Fuel Economy Analysis

    Prepared by Alan Baum Baum and Associates July 2012 The first half of 2012 has resulted in a record high in fuel efficiency for new vehicles. From January to June of 2012, the sales-weighted average fuel economy of new passenger vehicles was 23.8 mpg, breaking the record set in 2011 by over 1 mpg of 22.7 mpg and the same reading during the first six months of 2011. These results were calculated based on fuel economy figures from monthly results [...]

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  • A Key Step to Ending America’s Oil Addiction

    A Key Step to Ending America’s Oil Addiction

    POLICYMAKERS, CONSUMERS AND AUTOMAKERS ARE SHIFTING NEW VEHICLES TO HIGHER FUEL ECONOMY A report from the Consumer Federation of America by Mark Cooper, Director of Research; and Jack Gillis, Director of Public Affairs July 2012 Excerpted from the Executive Summary: Consumers clearly support requiring more miles per gallon. The Consumer Federation of America conducted a poll of 1000 adults in May 2012 with a margin of error of three percentage points. Respondents were asked a number of questions pertaining to [...]

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  • Gearing Up: Smart Standards Create Good Jobs Building Cleaner Cars

    Gearing Up: Smart Standards Create Good Jobs Building Cleaner Cars

    By Chris Busch, John Laitner, Rob McCulloch, and Ivana Stosic The BlueGreen Alliance and American Council for Energy-Efficient Economy June 2012 In 2011, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed joint fuel economy and greenhouse gas pollution standards for new cars and light trucks. These proposed standards would reach the equivalent of 54.5 miles per gallon (mpg) and 163 grams of carbon dioxide per mile (g/mi) for the average new vehicle in 2025. Hereafter we [...]

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