With electric cars on the verge of being the next big thing, an environmental group in Minnesota is pushing the techonology as a way to lower global warming emissions, oil consumption and unhealthy air pollution.
And Environment Minnesota, an advocacy organization, also is working with business and government leaders to save jobs by urging Ford to begin building plug-in electric cars in Minnesota, at the scheduled-to-be-closed-next-year Ford Plant, in St. Paul’s Highland Park neighborhood.
On Wednesday, Environment Minnesota and other groups will release a report on plug-in electric cars and their role in improving the environment:
“We believe if local, state and federal leaders can work together we can save the plant, the planet and keep good paying jobs here in our state. We hope leaders will work with Ford to create the incentives to build electric and hybrid vehicles right here at this location that will reduce pollution and oil consumption and make our state a healthy place to live.”
The report will be released at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the UAW Local 879 Union Hall, 2191 Ford Parkway, St. Paul, across the street from the Twin Cities Assembly Ford Plant.
Speaking will be:
- Ken Bradley, program director with Environment Minnesota
- Rob McKenzie, United Autoworkers Region 4 International servicing representative
- Lynn Hinkle, policy director with Minnesota Solar Energy Industry Association
- Minnesota state Rep. Frank Hornstein.