The National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) released a statement recently saying the number of Americans working to produce clean, fuel-efficient vehicles, which now totals at over 150,000, could continue to grow as the country embraces new models of fuel-efficient vehicles. This information comes from a NRDC report that shows an important link between fuel-efficient vehicles and the strength of the economy.
The report was put out by the NRDC, the National Wildlife Federation, and the United Auto Workers (UAW), and shows that 43 states plus the District of Columbia have over 300 manufacturers producing parts for advanced internal combustion engines, plug-in electric vehicles, and hybrid systems, and lists the top 15 states by number of autoworkers in the clean technology fields, with Michigan taking the top spot.
What the report really shows, though, is that as innovations in fuel-efficient technology grow, so does the economy, and that as electric, hybrid, or other alternative fuel vehicles become more available to and popular with the public, more jobs will be created in the automotive industry. A way to boost fuel-efficiency technology is by setting standards that require vehicles to have a certain MPG rate. NRDC executive director Peter Lehner put it simply: “The reality is that cleaner vehicles have already led to more jobs. Our report shows how strong fuel efficiency standards have employed people nationwide, so stronger standards will certainly mean even more job growth in the future.”
By embracing clean, efficient methods of transportation, it is believed, pollution and carbon emissions can be significantly reduced. Jim Lyon, senior vice president of the National Wildlife Federation, says that in addition to creating and sustaining local jobs, fuel efficiency standards “also safeguard wildlife, and protect America’s public health. It’s critical that Congress stops putting these gains at risk by grandstanding against the Clean Air Act and other landmark laws that Americans across the nation rely on.”