Sierra Club and Auto Workers Unite Against Bush Fuel-Economy Plan

Bush’s new fuel-economy plan is even ticking off the United Auto Workers union. The UAW has often been at odds with enviros over auto efficiency standards, but now it’s teaming up with the Sierra Club to fight the administration’s proposal. In a joint op-ed published in The New York Times this week, the heads of both groups make the case that the plan would threaten the livelihoods of thousands of Americans working in plants that manufacture small cars and would increase pollution and worsen the nation’s dependence on foreign oil. The op-ed concludes, “the Bush administration’s proposal would destroy American jobs, reduce fuel economy, and increase global warming emissions — and add to the burdens of an already struggling auto industry.” Perhaps Bush is a “uniter not a divider” after all!