UAW opposes Upton bill to block EPA tailpipe regulations

March 15, 2011

UAW opposes Upton bill to block EPA tailpipe regulations

Detroit News Washington Bureau
Washington — The United Auto Workers and nine other unions said today they support the right of the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate tailpipe emissions.
The UAW is part of the BlueGreen Alliance — a partnership of 10 major U.S. labor unions and four environmental organizations — that today urged Congress to reject efforts to strip the agency of the authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act.
Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, has introduced a bill to strip the EPA of the regulatory power.
“The bill returns regulation of motor vehicle fuel economy, where it has stood since the 1970s, with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration,” Upton said.
His committee is set to approve the bill and send it to the full House later today.
The BlueGreen alliance also called on Congress to do more to boost manufacturing, especially in the “green” sector.
UAW President Bob King said the regulation of tailpipe emissions has been a “win-win” for the auto sector.
“This is a pretty simple equation: new technologies required by such standards bring additional content on each vehicle, and that requires more engineers, more managers, and more construction and production workers,” said King. “Meanwhile, we achieve greater oil independence for our nation and a cleaner, healthier environment for ourselves and our children.”
The group includes the United Steelworkers union and Sierra Club, Communications Workers of America, Natural Resources Defense Council, Service Employees International Union, and National Wildlife Federation.
“We have to get moving on common-sense solutions to improve the environment and to improve the public health of workers and our communities,” said SEIU President Mary Kay Henry. “Regulating greenhouse gasses, along with these common-sense policies, will do that while also creating good jobs and launching the U.S. to the head of the pack in a race for the global clean energy economy.”
Automakers haven’t taken a position on the proposed legislation, but have long sought one national emissions regulatory system, and opposed California’s efforts to set its own tailpipe emissions rules.

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