UAW Opposes Threat to Green Jobs
By Larry J. Schweiger
The International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW) sent a letter to Capitol Hill yesterday opposing any “disapproval resolutions” or riders that are seeking to overturn the Environmental Protection Agency’s finding that greenhouse gas emissions threaten human health and the environment.
The UAW understands that “cleaner cars and strong climate policy can drive economic recovery and create 150,000 American jobs.” Coming from Pittsburgh, a former rust best city that has reinvented itself as a clean economy city, I can understand and appreciate the importance of the stand that UAW has taken on behalf of all the working men and women they represent to oppose this threat to green jobs.
From the UAW letter:
“In our judgment, Congress should move forward to enact comprehensive climate change legislation that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Although we recognize the difficulties involved in this effort, we believe that legislation can be crafted that will reduce global warming pollution while at the same time creating jobs and providing a boost to our economy. In particular, we believe such legislation can help to provide significant investment in domestic production of advanced technology vehicles and their key components, as well as other energy saving technologies. But such progress will be undermined if a disapproval resolution or rider were to overturn EPA’s endangerment finding.”