[opendtv] Re: News: Ditch Your TV

  • From: Craig Birkmaier <craig@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2008 09:19:38 -0500

At 6:17 PM -0500 12/10/08, Tom Barry wrote:
Detroit's problems were also caused by government laws that allowed various bloated land-barge passenger vehicles to be legally classified as light trucks, thus bypassing some expensive safety and fuel economy standards.

But since I assume the auto makers probably paid for those legal exception I guess they got what they asked for.

Can you explain why this was a problem?

Obviously there was a huge market for these vehicles.

One might better ask, what kind of vehicles Detroit would have built without the CAFE standards on passenger vehicles.

But all of this is history now.

The question that is relevant today is how can the U.S. automobile industry survive when Congress and the Car CZAR determine what can be built and therefore, what we can buy.

Keep in mind that the only technology that exists today to meet the new, more rigorous CAFE standards, would require everyone to drive around in hybrids the size of Mini Coopers...


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