US Automakers Face Higher Fuel Efficiency Standards

by : Evander Klum

Last April this year, the US Environmental Protection Agency announced that the US government will be implementing a new regulation with regards to the present standard emission rates for the car makers in the United States. This is connected to the present environmental concern about greenhouse gases which is one of the major causes of global warming.

Months ago, the agency held the Renewable Fuel Standards Program that can possibly cut the dependency on the use of harmful gases by promoting the use of safer gases like ethanol and other alternative, more earth-friendly fuels.

However, global warming is becoming worse and the US government had to make a new law that would move the US car makers, as well as the foreign automakers that sells their car models on the US car market, to comply with higher fuel standards.

The move doesn't come without a cost though. US auto makers General Motors (maker of ), Ford Motor Company, and Chrysler LLC - already struggling - will have to face more difficulties as the new law would cost billions and would possibly opt them to do more job cuts if they had to stop building their current cash-gaining models.

To express their opposition to this new emission standard, the US automakers are joining together for a rally in Chicago this Thursday to support each member against the possibility of spending much over the new standard. The United Auto Workers (UAW) members working of Ford's South Side Chicago facility plant as well as in the Chrysler's Belvidere, Ill., assembly plant are expected to appear at the rally, which will be held at Chicago's Federal Plaza, according to the Detroit News.

Next Wednesday, the workers of the three Detroit car makers will also do the same rally in St. Louis. The auto makers hope to stop the US Senate from implementing a law that could possibly increase the fuel standards to 40% to 35 miles per gallon on all the cars and other vehicles sold in the US car market this coming 2020.

The rally wants to build support for a movement sponsored by Baron Hill, D-Ind., and Lee Terry, R-Neb., both US representative to lower the mandatory fuel standards to at least 35 mpg for passenger cars by 2022 as well as 32 mpg for light trucks by 2022, reports.

General Spokesman Greg Martin commented, "The rallies give an outside-the-Beltway voice to our position that you can have improved fuel economy and protect jobs."