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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 superstition on 7/25/2011 10:24:07 PM , Rating: 2
Another straw man. It does help to read what I actually wrote:

"Our infrastructure is crumbling and more money has been spent coddling the parasitic finance sector and unnecessary wars than has been spent on environmental innovation. We need new sewer systems, better bridges, more efficient road systems, and more efficient vehicles.

It's time to bring the top tax rate back to where it was under Eisenhower and start investing in this country's future. But, good luck with that, since the government is pretty much a corporate mouthpiece. Citizens United says that not only are corporations individual human beings (which is logically absurd), they have unlimited spending power to influence elections. The problems with this are many and grave. The only solution is for each of us to become more vocal and involved, not falling for fake grassroots movements organized by billionaires like the Koch brothers, but by putting real constructive pressure on this government to start working for the public again and not merely for the rich."

By Nfarce on 7/26/2011 12:14:19 AM , Rating: 2
Tell ya what, super: you start your own nation, company, and military, and then get back with us on your rant. Otherwise, sit down, shut up, and take it up the backside by "the man" that you so hate.

The rest of us will get on with our lives.

"We can't expect users to use common sense. That would eliminate the need for all sorts of legislation, committees, oversight and lawyers." -- Christopher Jennings

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