Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Pawlenty to try and save jobs at St. Paul Ford plant

Gov. Pawlenty will be meeting with Ford Motor Company executives today in an attempt to save jobs at the St. Paul Ford plant. If successful, he'd save 2000 Minnesotans' jobs.

Pawlenty will try to persuade Ford to stay in Minnesota by trying to get Ford to develop flexible fuel vehicles (FFV) in Minnesota. Pawlenty has impressive credentials on this issue.

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Pawlenty has tried to carve out a niche as the nation's leading governor in promoting alternative fuels. Minnesota, with no oil or gas but plenty of corn and other crops that can be converted to fuels, stands to benefit, he contends.

He helped push through legislation that would increase the ethanol content in Minnesota gasoline, and his official vehicle runs on 85 percent ethanol. He is the chairman of a National Governors Association panel on alternative fuels. (Source: Star Tribune, Jan. 4, 2006)


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I hope for the families of the 2000 Ford employees in St. Paul that Pawlenty is successful.

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