When you work for the auto industry, two topics are always blamed on us 1) jobs leaving the US 2) greenhouse gas/pollution/global warming.
People always complain about auto jobs going to Mexico, China, or other countries where manufacturing is cheap. Fact is, not everything for your car can be made in the US. Some countries make parts for your car that perform better than what suppliers in the US can offer, so don’t fault the OEM for going with a supplier from another country. The auto industry is a world market.
This goes along with the “buy American support American jobs”, which basically means buy from Ford, GM, or FCA if you support American jobs. This crap needs to end. Just because you buy from a non-Big 3 auto maker, does not mean you don’t support American jobs. If you buy a BMW X-5 you support American jobs, because that vehicle is built in Greer, South Carolina. If you buy a Toyota Tundra you support American jobs, because that vehicle is built in San Antonio, Texas.
These are likely the same people who will have the bumper sticker “out of the jump yet? Keep buying foreign” on their F-150 yet they shop exclusivley at Walmart where if you factor out the produce, majority of what Walmart sells is made outside the US. I have yet to see people demand apparel companies make their clothes in the US instead of Thailand, or their computers in the US instead of India.
Next point is emissions. The US has the most stringent emission requirements in the world for new cars, and they are always getting more difficult to meet. (insert VW dieselgategazi comment here).
Not only are the tailpipe emissions getting cleaner, we’re buying cars/trucks that use far less fuel. Six years ago if you would have said that in 2014 I could own a full size Ram 1500 that gets 29 MPG on the highway, I would have laughed at you. Now we can with the use of small fuel efficient diesels
So while the automakers are busting their asses to meet the new fuel economy and emission requirements, the coal industry is instead filing lawsuits against the government because their new emissions are too difficult to meet.
Just as bad, a study in 2009 found that the 15 largest ships in the world emit as much NOx and SOx as the world’s 760 MILLION cars.
The point I’m getting at is the blame lies elsewhere. END RANT.