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On World AIDS Day, New Mexico activists say more money is needed for prevention; ND farmers still navigate corporate land-ownership policy maze; Unpaid caregivers in ME receive limited financial grants.

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Secretary of State Antony Blinken urges Israel to protect civilians amid Gaza truce talks, New York Rep. George Santos defends himself as his expected expulsion looms and CDC director warns about respiratory illness as flu season begins.

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Congress has iced the Farm Bill, but farmer advocates argue some portions are urgent, the Hoosier State is reaping big rewards from wind and solar, and opponents react to a road through Alaska's Brooks Range, long a dream destination for hunters and anglers.

UAW strike continues: Officials say EPA standards must catch up

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Thursday, September 28, 2023   

Amid the United Auto Workers strike, some advocates argued it is time to implement clean car standards.

Gary Schlack, a city council member in Allen Park, supports the UAW workers in their quest for contracts aligning with their skills, dedication, and loyalty. He said the state's automakers are committed to increasing the production of zero-emission vehicles in the next decade, and intend to leverage the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to do so.

"It's time for Ford, GM, and Chrysler's parent company Stellantis to come to the table," Schlack asserted. "EV vehicles and with these EPA standards put in place these workers are concerned that these jobs if they go nonunion competitive wages will fall."

The energy department predicts EV battery manufacturing will support 10 to 13 million fully electric vehicles annually by 2030. Michigan, Georgia, Kentucky, Kansas, North Carolina, Ohio, and Tennessee are key players in the growth, fueling job opportunities across the sector.

Alex Cornell du Houx, president and co-founder of Elected Officials to Protect America, stressed addressing pollution in the transportation sector is crucial to enhancing national security, and mitigating the climate crisis.

"We need to export our oil and import actually dirty oil for use in the United States," du Houx pointed out. "We are still dependent on OPEC, which is a(n) association of dictators. They're not democratic nations. So it puts us at a vulnerability."

Transportation generates more greenhouse gasses than any other sector of the U.S. economy, making up 27% of total emissions and 45% of all U.S. oil consumption.

Disclosure: Elected Officials to Protect America contributes to our fund for reporting on Climate Change/Air Quality, Energy Policy, and Public Lands/Wilderness. If you would like to help support news in the public interest, click here.


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