Washington, D.C. – A new U.S. report released by the United Auto Workers Union (UAW) has found that new vehicle technology and the right policy choices, including incentives for vehicles with higher fuel efficiency, could create up to 150,000 jobs for U.S. workers.
The report, Driving Growth: How Clean Cars and Climate Policy Can Create Jobs, was produced by the UAW, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Center for American Progress. It demonstrates that a new fleet of fuel-efficient vehicles would allow drivers to enhance energy security, reduce carbon emissions and put auto workers and many others back to work. The economic and environmental benefits underscore the need for Congress to pass strong clean energy and climate legislation that would promote good-paying domestic jobs and encourage investments in oil-saving technologies, the report said.
“We’ve known for a while that cleaner cars are better for the environment, but we also know that better cars would strengthen the auto industry and create jobs,” said Peter Lehner, executive director of the Natural Resources Defense Council. “By building cleaner cars, we can tackle some of our most dire problems at the same time. We want to reduce carbon pollution and many unemployed people want to return to work. Building better cars can help with both.”
The analysis emphasizes that improving vehicle performance would drive demand for a variety of manufactured components, from engines to control valves, creating jobs in the supply chain as well as on the assembly line. In addition, the report demonstrates that creating the right business incentives is key to determining where these jobs will be located.