17 May '11, 11pm

Fact Checking Auto Industry Claims of Job Losses

The auto industry has a decades-long history of spreading mis-information about the costs of meeting stronger pollution and fuel efficiency standards. So it should come as no surprise that the auto industry is now claiming a 62 mpg standard by 2025 will lead to a loss of almost a quarter of a million auto jobs. To support their assertion, they cite the results of a recent U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) forecast. But a closer examination of the DOE forecast reveals the exact opposite conclusion: under 62 mpg standard, jobs in the vehicles manufacturing sector will increase –not decrease-- by 280,000 from 2010 to 2025. Auto Industry Claim: 62 mpg will lead to “loss of almost a quarter of a million jobs” As reported in the Detroit News , the primary auto industry lobbying association, the Auto Alliance , sent a letter on May 11 to Secretary LaHood and Administrator Jackson c...

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