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Re: E-M:/ Auto State Gives Overwhelming Support for Raising Fuel-Economy Standards

Enviro-Mich message from Murphwild1@aol.com

The ironic and hideous twist?   UAW officially endorses drilling in ANWR.  
Jimmy Hoffa Jr. sits side by side with an anti-environmental (republican) 
tyrant like Bush? Walter Reuther must be vomiting in his grave.  How about 
fading out the SUV all together!  I mean, even Bill O'reilly of FOX news got 
rid of his SUV.  

"we got rid of the likes of Reuther in Russia in 1917"--Stalin at the Vienna 
World Summit.


In a message dated 1/31/2 5:37:24 PM, daniel.farough@sierraclub.org wrote:

<<News from

Michigan Sierra Club

109 East Grand River, Lansing, MI 48906 Phone (517) 484-2372 Fax (517)


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                     

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


"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


"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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