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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 10:31:59 PM , Rating: 2
"Yep, you are a neo-Marxists collectivist. There is no doubt about that. We live in a free America where you are free to succeed, or free to fail."

So, the virtual of starvation -- a society in which people are "free" by not being able to meet their potential, to grow, learn, and work. Sorry, Timmy, your parents were "free" to fail and so you're doomed to inadequate education, nutrition, housing, and health care. Too bad for you, but your suffering makes America stronger!

You can put whatever name you like on me, but it won't change the fact that civilization is not supposed to be a shell game for exploitation. It's a cooperative collective thing by its very definition. Freedom comes from the work of all of its members. We derive a greater standard of living because others help us, like specialists. Is someone without a willingness to cooperate "freer" because they don't have access to treatment from a doctor and have to pave their own roads?

If you think freedom is individuals going about randomly without concern for their fellows, then why be in a civilization in the first place? Why not live in a cave? You'll find that cave dwelling is less free. Remember the scene where Tom Hanks yanked his tooth out? That's your "freedom".

Success and failure is not things that are separate from the basic definition of civilization, of society -- as long as you're part of a civilization.

By superstition on 7/25/2011 10:33:47 PM , Rating: 2
typo: virtue, not virtual

By Nfarce on 7/26/2011 12:02:24 AM , Rating: 2
You can put whatever name you like on me, but it won't change the fact that civilization is not supposed to be a shell game for exploitation. It's a cooperative collective thing by its very definition.

Uhm, that's YOUR definition of modern society, not mine.

And the rest of your rant is not even worth addressing, collectivist.

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