Alliance hails higher mileage standards

by Tyrel Linkhorn
Toledo Blade
August 31, 2012

A group representing environmental organizations and labor unions including the United Auto Workers is praising new fuel economy standards as a job-creation engine that could bring more than 20,000 jobs to Ohio by 2030.

This week, the Obama Administration set in place rules that will require automakers to reach a Corporate Average Fuel Economy of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025.

The BlueGreen Alliance says the new standard — which nearly doubles the current 29 mpg requirement — will create an estimated 570,000 U.S. jobs and save the nation $61 billion in gasoline costs by 2030. The report said 50,000 of those jobs would be related to manufacturing light-duty vehicles and their components.

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