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Enviro-Mich message from "Jeff Surfus" <jeffsurfus@mediaone.net>
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Why, then, in the light of the information presented about job creation,
is there such a discrepancy between UAW leadership, which consistently is
against raising the CAFE standards, and the rank and file?

This has always puzzled me.

Jeff Surfus

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From: "Daniel Farough" <daniel.farough@sierraclub.org>
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Sent: Thursday, January 31, 2002 12:04 PM
Subject: E-M:/ Auto State Gives Overwhelming Support for Raising
Fuel-Economy Standards


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> FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE               CONTACT:
> January 31, 2002
>   Alison Horton (231)-922-2201
> Dan Farough (517) 484-2372
> Auto State Gives Overwhelming Support for Raising Fuel-Economy Standards
> 88 Percent of Michigan UAW Households Give Thumbs-Up
>  to Higher Miles-Per-Gallon Standards
>
> Lansing-An eye-popping new poll released today finds that voters in
> Michigan-epicenter of the American auto industry-overwhelmingly support
> making America's cars, SUVs and light trucks go farther on a gallon of
gas.
> Contrary to conventional wisdom, the poll, conducted by Lake, Snell,
Perry &
> Associates for the Sierra Club, found that Michigan households with a
United
> Auto Worker (UAW) member are even more likely to favor tougher
fuel-economy
> standards.
>
> "Autoworker households in Michigan overwhelmingly supported raising
> fuel-economy standards to 40 miles per gallon," said Celinda Lake,
President
> of Lake, Snell, Perry & Associates.  "We found that support is high in
part
> because Michigan voters, including UAW households, believe that
increasing
> standards will create jobs and help the economy.  It may run contrary to
> conventional wisdom, but in the hotbed of America's auto industry,
voters
> want cars and SUVs to go farther on a gallon of gas."
>
> According to the poll results, 77 percent of Michigan voters favor
> increasing standards to 40 miles per gallon over the next ten years, 51
> percent of whom strongly favor increasing standards.  An even higher
> percentage of UAW households-84 percent-favor increasing fuel economy
> standards to 40 miles per gallon over the next ten years, 57 percent of
whom
> strongly favor increasing standards.  Strong majorities of voters favor
this
> proposal across all demographic and political subgroups.
>
> Poll results show that support for increasing fuel economy standards to
40
> mpg in the next ten years remains strong even when presented with the
> auto-industry's argument that "requiring increased average mileage
increases
> the burden of regulation on the American car industry, costs jobs and
adds
> hundreds of dollars to the purchase price of cars."  After hearing both
> sides of the debate, voters rejected that argument by a margin of 76 to
17
> percent, and UAW households rejected the argument by the margin of 80 to
14
> percent.
>
> "Raising auto fuel economy standards is an essential element to a
balanced
> energy plan that offers quicker, cleaner, cheaper and safer energy
> solutions, and this poll illustrates that support is strong even in the
home
> state of the auto industry-the loudest opponents to strong fuel-economy
> standards," said Carl Pope, Executive Director of the Sierra Club.
> "Americans recognize that by raising fuel economy standards we can
reduce
> our dependence on oil without sacrificing the wild places Americans
love."
>
> According to Lake, Snell, Perry & Associates, one likely reason
underlying
> the strong support for increasing CAFE standards in Michigan is that
voters
> and UAW households believe that increasing standards will create jobs
and
> help the economy.  A plurality of voters, 43 percent, believe increasing
> fuel economy standards would create jobs and help the economy, compared
to
> only 19 percent who believe it would cost jobs.  Half of UAW households,
50
> percent, believe increased standards would create jobs compared to only
14
> percent who say jobs would be lost as a result.
>
> "We have got to make the next generation of cars right away," said Mike
> Keeler, UAW member in Flint.  "We cannot afford to let our competition
get
> ahead of us like we did in 1970s.  CAFE standards provide a stimulus to
keep
> us moving and innovative."
>
> A recent report by the Union of Concerned Scientists demonstrated that
> raising standards to 40 mpg would create 40,000 jobs in the auto
industry by
> 2010 and would save car owners $3000 to more than $5000 at the gas pump
over
> the life of a vehicle.
>
> The poll was conducted by nationally respected pollster Lake, Snell,
Perry &
> Associates between January 7th and January 15th.  The survey reached 650
> registered, likely voters in the State of Michigan, and included an
> oversample of 150 UAW households.
>
> For a copy of the Lake, Snell, Perry & Associates polling memo, please
call
> Dan Farough at (517)-484-2372
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