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Diesel Industry Adds 1.25 Mil Jobs to U.S., Claims New Report

Industry worth $480 bil annually.

by on Sep.28, 2011

Audi of America can barely keep up with demand for diesel products. CEO Johann De Nysschen is shown here with the A3 TDi, the 2010 Green Car of the Year.

Diesels are big business, or so claims an industry trade group that today revealed new research that finds that when you add up everything from engine manufacturing to the production of fuel it generates $480 billion annually and supports 1.25 million jobs.

The timing of the report couldn’t be better for proponents of “oil burners.”  After years of largely being ignored by American consumers, diesels are starting to gain traction in the U.S. market, sales of existing models like the imported Volkswagen Jetta TDi surging, while General Motors has announced plans to launch a diesel-powered version of the compact Chevrolet Cruze that could deliver better highway mileage than the best of today’s hybrids.

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“Diesel is a major economic factor and job creator in the U.S. economy and is vital to America’s economic recovery and growth,” said Allen Schaeffer, the Executive Director of the Diesel Technology Forum, during a speech at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.  “Diesel not only provides jobs in the manufacturing and refining industries, it provides equipment and engines to our agricultural, mining and construction industries, and transports virtually every commodity available to American consumers.

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