Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Don't Cry For Me, Detroit

Energy shenanigans galore.

We have to remember, of course, that energy is BIG money. REALLY big. So it comes as no surprise that lobbyists are working furiously on the massive energy bill being crafted in the Senate.

Yesterday, Senators soundly defeated the worst proposal out there: to spend billions of taxpayer dollars to turn coal into liquid fuel. Even the Republicans never came up with anything that awful.

Today, Senators are dickering madly over the arcane requirements of corporate average fuel economy, or CAFE, as Detroit's "Big Three"--who really aren't all that big anymore--cry, moan, wail, gnash their teeth, scream and whine that they can't possibly meet a 35 mile per gallon requirement by 2020, much less a higher requirement after that.

Haven't we heard all that before? Air bags--they'll ruin us; catalytic converters--will bankrupt the industry; first round of fuel economy standards--can't be done.

Detroit's crybabies have no credibility; if the Senate wants to maintain the tiny modicum of its own credibility that still exists, it will pass a robust energy bill setting aggressive milestones for Detroit to reach. Whether Congress as a whole can pass a decent energy bill is yet to be seen.

1 comment:

Miles said...

Very disappointing that our own Sen. Jim Webb is one of those opposing a 35 mpg national fuel economy standard. Please call him at (202) 224-4024 and urge him to reconsider.