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Small Businesses Support Fuel Efficiency and Carbon Emissions Standards According To Poll Results





Washington, D.C. (Press Release – November 14, 2011) – Small business owners across the country—including those in the important automotive states of Michigan, Ohio and California—support strengthening fuel efficiency and carbon emissions standards for cars, light trucks and SUVs by large margins, according to a new opinion poll released today by Small Business Majority.

The Obama Administration is poised to announce its draft rule to increase average fuel economy to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025, and strengthen carbon emissions standards for light-duty vehicles. At the same time, California plans to release an outline for updating its clean cars program that will strengthen standards to reduce carbon emissions from light-duty vehicles sold in the state. The poll, conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, found that 87 percent of small business owners believe it is important to take action to increase fuel efficiency in cars and light trucks, and 78 percent favor standards that require the auto industry to reduce carbon emissions from cars, pickup trucks, minivans and SUVs.

“Small business owners understand that strong fuel efficiency standards will help them save money in their own business and create new market opportunities overall,” said John Arensmeyer, founder and CEO of Small Business Majority. “They can then use the money saved on gas to reinvest in their businesses and hire more workers—something our state’s economy desperately needs right now.”

Across the United States, 71 percent of small business owners agree that U.S. automakers don’t innovate enough, and 73 percent believe the federal government should do more to make car companies innovate.

Support from small businesses for increasing fuel economy standards is also high in states with large auto manufacturing sectors, including Michigan (73 percent) and Ohio (75 percent). There is also strong support (71 percent) in the influential automotive market of California, which is preparing to update its clean cars program aimed at reducing carbon emissions from cars sold in the state.

“Higher fuel standards would allow me to expand my business immediately, and they would boost my employees’ spending power as consumers,” said Jonathan Tobias, owner of Michigan Green Cabs in Ann Arbor, Michigan. “In my industry, employees pay for the fuel that powers the vehicles I supply. If I could give drivers more fuel efficient cars, they’d be lining up to work for me, since they’d net more pay than they would elsewhere.”

Summary of Poll Findings

A majority of small business owners believe it is important to increase fuel efficiency in cars and light trucks:

87% nationwide

80% in CA

81% in MI

86 in OH

A majority of small business owners favor requiring the auto industry to increase the average fuel efficiency standards for all new cars, light trucks and SUVs to 60 miles per gallon by 2025—an even stronger standard than the one the Obama Administration is announcing:

80% nationwide

80% in CA

72% in MI

78% in OH

A majority of small business owners favor standards that require the auto industry to reduce carbon emissions from cars, pickup trucks, minivans and SUVs:

78% nationwide

75% in CA

73% in MI

76% in OH

A majority of small businesses agree that American car companies do not innovate enough:

71% nationwide

65% CA

54% MI

54% OH

A majority of small businesses agree that the federal government should do more to make American car companies innovate:

73% nationwide

79% in CA

58% in MI

67% in OH

For more information visit: http://www.smallbusinessmajority.org/energy/index_national.php

Poll results in this statement represent findings from an Internet survey of 1,257 small business owners nationwide conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research for Small Business Majority, +/- 2.76% margin of error.

About Small Business Majority:

Small Business Majority is a national nonpartisan small business advocacy organization focused on solving the biggest problems facing America’s 28 million small businesses. We conduct extensive opinion and economic research and work with small business owners, policy experts and elected officials nationwide to bring small business voices to the public policy table.

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