How long before we are adding 'energy independence' to our reasons for celebrating this day?
Much conversation these days on the political scene, not about energy independence, but about job creation. Often heard is that everything related to the growth of 'green' energy is a job killer.
If we step away from the rhetoric, we can see some compelling reasons why taking small steps like improving the fuel economy standards for vehicles can not only be good for the environment, but can create jobs.
Simply put, job growth will result from more efficient cars.
A new study by the BlueGreen Alliance and the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) that 570,000 jobs will be created across the United States by 2030 as automobile efficiency ramps up.
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(1) improving automobile efficiency requires the addition of new technologies, which are designed and manufactured by adding workers in the auto industry and (2) money saved on gasoline by drivers will be spent on other goods and services, increasing jobs across the economy.
There's a conversation starter while standing around the BBQ today, waiting for it to be dark enough for fireworks!