Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur today addressed the BlueGreen Alliance’s annual summit on green jobs, focusing on the Chevy Cruze.  The fuel-efficient Cruze is driving manufacturing in Ohio, at GM facilities in Parma, Toledo, and Lordstown, and steel plants in Cleveland and Lorain.  Under new fuel-efficiency standards, cars like the Cruze save drivers money at the gas pump and reduce carbon emissions.

“The Cruze is a great success story in Ohio, creating new jobs for our workers and reducing our dependence on foreign oil that harms our economy and our environment,” said Kaptur.  “I continue to support innovative efforts that create American jobs, particularly in the fields of energy efficiency and renewable energy.”

Congresswoman Kaptur is the ranking Democrat on the Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee, which oversees the energy innovation at the Department of Energy, including work on improved fuel efficiency. 

The forum was hosted by Lee Geisse, a Cleveland steelworker and regional manager for BlueGreen Alliance.  Joining Kaptur were local labor leaders Dave Green with the United Auto Workers, James Winship with the IUE-CWA, and Dan Boone with the United Steelworkers, as well as Rob McCulloch with BlueGreen Alliance.