Coalition seeks $1 billion in jobs bill cash to cut diesel emissions

A letter from the advocates to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) cites an analysis by Robert Wescott, a member of the White House Council of Economic Advisers under President Clinton, that $1 billion for the program could save or generate 19,000 jobs.

“The installation of clean diesel retrofits on the existing fleet can reduce particulate matter emissions by over 90% and achieve substantial health benefits cost effectively,” adds the Jan. 11 letter. The letter is from groups ranging from the American Lung Association to engine maker Cummins Inc.