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Automakers want less stringent standards on work trucks
Michigan still says proposed CAFE standards will cost jobs

Talks between the automotive industry and Washington continue as both sides try to come to an agreement that sees the environmentalists in Washington and the Obama administration happy with the CAFE standards over the coming years. The automakers are fighting for what they consider a more realistic level of improvement in fuel economy they need to build into cars each year.

Delegations from Michigan where much of the automotive industry calls home have raised concerns about the Obama administration's efforts to come to an agreement. The delegation from Michigan wrote a letter to Washington claiming that the proposed fuel economy standards aren't feasible. Automakers fear that the costs of implementing the fuel economy increases will add enough to vehicle prices to decrease sales and thereby force job cuts in the automotive industry.

The letter written by the Michigan delegation said, "With the Michigan unemployment rate standing at 10.5 percent, we are unanimous in our concern about the consequences of an excessive proposal, and we urge you to continue to work closely with U.S. manufacturers who have the most at stake." The letter continued, "[Congress has urged the White House to] sit down promptly and at one time with all three domestic auto manufacturers and the United Auto Workers to work through an acceptable solution."

So far, there has been no agreement between the two parties. The proposed fleet standard for 2025 is 56.2 mpg working out to about a 5% increase in fuel economy each year from now until 2025. The Obama administration figures that the cost of the tech needed to reach that kind of fuel economy will add about $2,100 to the cost of each new vehicle. That number has been greatly contested.

Washington already took a step back from the new fuel economy standards and the increase of 5% in fuel economy each year on light trucks by agreeing to hold trucks and SUVs to only 3.5% increase each year from 2017 to 2021. Washington and automakers are also trying to hammer out a deal on work trucks that would see less stringent standards.

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By Reclaimer77 on 7/25/2011 5:47:23 PM , Rating: 2
Freedom comes from being able to live in a society in which everyone's potential can be met... where everyone can eat and learn and work. It doesn't come from letting a few people hoard everything.

You don't even make sense. Do I have to point out how you contradict yourself here?

As when politicians use children for emotionalism

How ironic, considering you're making emotionalized sensational statements about the environment, while on the other hand demonizing the auto-industry.

By superstition on 7/25/2011 10:35:48 PM , Rating: 2
"Do I have to point out how you contradict yourself here?"

Yes. I re-read the statement you cited and it makes sense.

By Reclaimer77 on 7/26/2011 10:20:38 AM , Rating: 2
No, you don't understand Freedom at all. If people have a right to explore and fulfill their potential, then you have to believe they also have a right to be 'rich'. But instead you spout Leftist platitudes about the evil rich "hoarding" everything, which is absurd, and other idiotic nonsense.

You clearly don't actually believe that a man or woman here can fulfill their own potential and be the best they can be. Because when they reach that point, you talk about them as if they are thieves and hoarders and not actually people who earned their stature in life.

Your "plan" for getting this country on track is like reading a suicide pact.

By Nfarce on 7/26/2011 10:41:36 AM , Rating: 2
I have come to the conclusion that people who "think" like this character have learned it by being indoctrinated in government run, public schools run by socialist, collectivist liberals. And I use "think" very loosely because the mentality that working one's ass off and reaping the fruits accordingly which means one is "hoarding" something is not thinking at all - it's mindless emotional hysteria, which liberalism is full of.

These days, when you buy school supplies for your child, they don't belong to your child. The teacher confiscates them and pools everyone's supplies together and then reallocates them so everyone is equal. Great little early Marxist adoption of philosophy.

"There is a single light of science, and to brighten it anywhere is to brighten it everywhere." -- Isaac Asimov

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