SOURCE: Automotive Jobs Action Coalition

August 23, 2007 11:18 ET

National Grassroots Coalition Launched to Promote Automotive Jobs in the U.S. -- Michigan

DETROIT, MI--(Marketwire - August 23, 2007) - Today, business leaders from across the United States announced the formation of the Automotive Jobs Action Coalition (AJAC), a campaign to preserve the millions of automotive related jobs throughout the nation, promote customer choice and protect consumer safety. AJAC represents over 100,000 businesses around the nation.

Nearly 30 chambers of commerce and business associations from around the country are supporting AJAC. The campaign is in response to recent efforts in Congress to arbitrarily raise Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) regulations to unachievable levels that threaten American jobs.

"Every state has jobs connected to the automotive industry," said Jeanne Englehart, AJAC member and president of the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce. "Excessive increases in fuel economy standards will have a negative impact for the 2.3 million American workers who are dependent on a healthy automotive sector."

"The majority of communities in Michigan will be adversely affected by unreasonable regulations by the federal government," said Steward Sandstrom, AJAC member and president and CEO of the Kalamazoo Regional Chamber of Commerce.

AJAC's mission is to raise awareness among policy makers about the real costs associated with extreme increases in CAFE standards. Those costs include jeopardizing jobs in the U.S., limiting consumer choice and undermining automotive safety.

"The coalition supports aggressive standards for fuel efficiency," said Richard E. Blouse Jr., AJAC member and president and CEO of the Detroit Regional Chamber. "However, the goals have to be reasonable and achievable, protect American jobs and give consumers more choices."

The coalition is advocating for research and development as a means to promote better energy efficiency in cars and trucks. It supports accelerating the availability of advanced technologies and alternative fuels, such as hybrid vehicles and ethanol, to achieve greater fuel economy and cleaner environmental conditions.

"The best way to obtain better fuel efficiency is to allow auto companies to invest in research and development to find alternative sources of energy and new technologies for vehicles," said William L. Kovacs, Vice President of Environment, Technology and Regulatory Affairs at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and an AJAC member.

About AJAC

AJAC is a grassroots coalition, representing over 100,000 businesses from around the United States, that is concerned about the negative impact arbitrary increases for fuel economy standards would have on the 2.3 million automotive related jobs in America. AJAC is working to educate policymakers about alternatives to extreme increases in the CAFE standards.

AJAC Members

Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce
Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce
Delaware State Chamber of Commerce
Detroit Regional Chamber
Erie County Chamber of Commerce
Forward Janesville, Inc.
Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce
Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce
Greater Louisville Inc.
Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce
Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce
Illinois Chamber of Commerce
Indiana Chamber of Commerce
Kalamazoo Regional Chamber of Commerce
Kentucky Chamber of Commerce
Louisiana Association of Business & Industry
Macomb County Chamber of Commerce
Michigan Chamber of Commerce
Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Ohio Chamber of Commerce
Rockford Chamber of Commerce
South Carolina Chamber of Commerce
St. Louis Regional Chamber & Growth Association
St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce
Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber of Commerce

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