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e-mails turned over as part of house investigation

It comes as no surprise the discussions between the White House and auto industry were very explosive when it came to the new CAFE standards. The White House wants to reduce American dependence on foreign oil, reduce pollution, and save drivers at the pump. The automotive industry argued that the cost of increased economy would hurt sales and therefore cost jobs.
 
Automakers have now disclosed e-mails between themselves and the government to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Those e-mails show that the conversations went on for nearly 16 hours a day for most of the month of July. The e-mails were turned over because the committee is investigating whether White House officials worked around the traditional regulatory process by making deals directly with automakers. Republican Darrell Issa heads the committee, and he argues that the Obama Administration didn't consider the impact higher vehicle costs would have on consumers.
 
That is one of the key arguments most automakers made during conversations about the new standards, which push fuel economy all the way to 56.2 mpg between 2017 and 2025. Updating vehicles to meet the standards would cost the auto industry $157.3 million according to the Obama administration estimates. The Obama administration also estimates that consumers will save $1.7 trillion at the pump. Many in the automotive industry argued that the costs will be much higher than Washington predicts.
 
An e-mail from a GM employee to Mary Sipes, VP of GM North America overseeing product planning in the global portfolio, said, "I have never seen such power coupled with such incompetence. It is simply embarrassing from a taxpayer perspective. The gov't is playing we OEMs off each other. They are telling us lies (we know cause we OEMs talk amongst ourselves) to trick us into caving or giving up points of information."
 
An e-mail from Ford's Sue Cischke from May of 2009 said, "We need some additional concessions … so I will continue to push from our end. I am concerned that if they don't get this wrapped up this week they may decide it’s not worth it and go on to something else (something easy like healthcare)."

Source: Detroit News



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RE: We hear this propaganda a lot
By kattanna on 3/15/2012 10:47:36 AM , Rating: 4
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If "the people" actually want these things then that's what they'll buy given a choice.


But the people are "speaking". If MPG where the sole standard for buying a car, then everyone would be buying a prius or the like, yet.. they are not. why? because other vehicle types are still needed.

just this last weekend I helped out transporting tables, chairs and tents to an environmental awareness event using my durango. To no shock to me, others doing the same had large vehicles as well because they needed them to haul the things needed in/out to do the event. The sheer irony of it made me chuckle the whole day.


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