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GM's Bankruptcy Could Mean a Greener Future

June 2, 2009

Ann Arbor, MI - With General Motors filing for bankruptcy and the future of the automaker dependent on its success in becoming a new GM, some say the end result could be a better future for both the economy and the environment. Zoe Lipman, Midwest regional senior manager for global warming at the National Wildlife Federation in Ann Arbor, says the new GM - which is expected to depend more heavily on the sales of smaller cars - could result in the development of the green jobs of the future.

"Not only will we get these next-generation, fuel-efficient, smaller, high-quality, globally-competitive vehicles; but we'll also make those here in the U.S. and we'll capture those green jobs that are part of our future here in the U.S."

Lipman says restructuring of the auto industry with more fuel-efficient cars will help meet President Obama's greenhouse gas and fuel economy standards for the future.

"It's in everyone's interest to have stronger fuel economy standards, to have an industry that can survive and strive to make the most fuel-efficient vehicles. I certainly hope that the restructuring is one means to get us there."

Lipman says transformation of the auto sector is a critical ingredient in cutting greenhouse gas pollution. Some skeptics say consumers won't buy smaller cars now that gas prices are lower than in the past, but many analysts believe gas prices will soon head higher again, with prices already up almost twenty cents a gallon in recent weeks.

Tony Bruscato, Public News Service - MI