I have introduced a resolution in the Ohio House opposing the rollback of federal fuel-efficiency standards for cars and trucks. Having these standards reduces our reliance on foreign oil and has been a catalyst for reducing pollution, saving consumers money at the pump and creating tens of thousands of good-paying jobs right here in Ohio.
The auto industry has added more than 700,000 new retail and manufacturing jobs nationwide since 2009 with these pollution-reducing standards in place. In fact, auto manufacturers are building bigger vehicles to meet consumer demands all while making them more fuel efficient.
Automotive-equipment manufacturers representing more than 1,000 companies with nearly 1 million workers have testified that when these standards were made permanent, they made long-term business and technology investments to meet these standards. Since 2012, these same companies have seen a 23 percent increase in employment.
Now is not the time to put our progress in reverse. It would be irresponsible to roll back standards that are reducing pollution, jumpstarting innovation and creating tens of thousands of good-paying jobs in communities across Ohio. Let’s keep these standards and keep our state moving forward.
Rep. David Leland
22nd Ohio House District
From the Columbus Dispatch