Environmentally Friendly Cars Wave of the Future
July 9, 2003
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The Canadian Auto Workers Union has joined forces with the federal NDP and Green Peace Canada to pressure the federal government into action to stop smog and increase auto sector jobs CAW national president Buzz Hargrove said.
CAW National President
"If you think about the future of the industry, any automotive policy, any automotive strategy must include vehicles that are going to be environmentally friendly. We believe that is going to be the wave of the future."
At a press conference on the lakeshore in downtown Toronto, near the city's only wind powered generator, federal NDP leader Jack Layton announced an energy efficient auto policy.
Federal NDP Leader
"Canadians are tired of smog continuing to build up in our cities and even in our countryside. And they are tired of the fact that we are losing jobs in the auto industry because our government doesn't have a national auto policy around how to manufacture cars and keep jobs here. And so we are releasing here today a plan which will allow Canada to become the leader in the production and sale of "green cars", if we can call them that, or environmentally efficient cars with dramatically fewer emissions."
The auto policy calls for a 25% reduction in emissions from new cars by 2010. They also want 5 % of all new cars sold in Canada to be powered by advanced alternate fuels.
Green Peace Executive Director, Peter Tabuns, said this policy, which his organization heartily endorses, is the result of finding common ground between environmentalists and trade unionists and hopes the government will join them to protect the environment.
Exec. Dir. Green Peace Canada
"By proposing mandatory targets, mandatory standards for fuel efficiency in cars we're taking a big step forward and my hope is that the federal government will take this to heart and move its Kyoto Plan to be in line with the policy that Jack is putting forward today."
CAW national president Buzz Hargrove said Ottawa must put in place the resources and incentives needed to ensure the future of Canada's auto industry.
CAW National President
"We see this as an opportunity for us to once again to regain our leadership in automotive assembly and in the making of engines and transmissions that are absolutely crucial if we are going to have vehicles that are more friendly to the environment."
A public awareness campaign is now underway to get the government to provide incentives and research funds for energy efficient cars.
CAW "Fighting Back Makes a Difference."