The Ecology Center has been a key player in both state and federal efforts to reduce the impacts of the auto industry by advocating for policies to increase the efficiency of automobiles’ use of oil, as well as policies to encourage cleaner and lower-carbon fuels. As one example of this work, the Ecology Center spearheaded efforts to build broad-based support across the Midwest for the Energy Act of 2007, which mandated new greenhouse gas and fuel efficiency standards for cars and trucks—the first overhaul of the statute in over 30 years.
We also see electric vehicles as a critical component needed to meet deep greenhouse gas reductions needed in the transportation sector over the long-term. That’s why we created and coordinate the Built by Michigan electric vehicle coalition, which seeks to educate policymakers and the public at-large on the benefits of electric vehicles both to the environment and to the state’s economy.
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We urge Michigan policymakers to continue their support of Michigan’s emerging electric car and advanced battery industry by enacting policies and programs that encourage the purchase and increased use of electric vehicles and help build-out electric charging infrastructure.