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CARMAKERS LOBBY BEHIND THE SCENES TO KILL HIGHER FUEL EFFICIENCY FUEL STANDARDS

Posted in Corporate Greed, Corruption Watch, News Brief on November 14th, 2007

PLAN WOULD REQUIRE AUTOMAKERS TO ACHIEVE AN AVERAGE OF 35 MILES PER GALLON ACROSS THEIR FLEETS BY 2020, AN INCREASE OF 40% FROM CURRENT STANDARDS

image1414171g.jpg Despite a well-funded attempt to position themselves as “friends of the environment”, it is apparent that other than the mountains of green hype extolling the benefits of the latest hybrid, electric, or fuel cell technology, little has actually changed in the way that the auto industry does business. Hence, it should come as no surprise that while the automakers wrap themselves in all things green, they are working behind the scenes to kill legislation, which would mandate higher fuel efficiency standards in the not-too-distant future.

Under a plan, which passed the Senate in June and is currently wending its way through the House of Representatives, automakers would be required to achieve an average of 35 miles per gallon across their fleets by 2020. This represents an increase of 40% from current standards.

By their unwillingness to comply with this remarkably sane proposal, automakers are tipping their hands and telling us what they really think of the long-term potential of the alternate technologies currently in development. This leads me to conclude that their greenness is nothing more than marketing hype designed to sell cars to socially conscious consumers.

More importantly, their position shows a complete lack of concern for today’s ecological reality and the problems that we, as citizens of the earth, are encountering from greenhouse gasses emissions directly related to the burning of fossil fuels.

While none of this is all that surprising, it is disappointing to see that once again, unmitigated greed has trumped creativity and society is the loser.

Shame on them.

- LIB

Touting a hydrogen-powered Chevrolet, a Lincoln with a super-efficient gasoline engine and a hybrid Dodge, car makers plan to use the Los Angeles auto show this week to demonstrate that they’re on a fast track to delivering vehicles that offer dramatically improved fuel economy.

But in Washington, where the rules on reducing gasoline consumption are made, car makers are fighting to block the toughest proposal under consideration for raising federal mileage standards.

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Source WSJ

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“MR. BIG” NOT BIG ON REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES ENVIRONMENATAL POLICY

Posted in Conscious Actions, Miscellaneous on November 14th, 2007

“I DON’T THINK THERE’S ONE REPUBLICAN I’D EVER VOTE FOR. IN TERMS OF THEIR CORRUPTION AND THEIR INSENSITIVITY TO WHAT’S REALLY NEEDED IN OUR SOCIETY, THEY’RE REPUGNANT” – Chris Noth

chris-noth-large.jpg“There may be a few good ones (Republicans) out there, but I haven’t read of any.”

“Whenever you bring up the issue [of global warming] with them, they’re like, ‘Let’s wait and see what the facts are,’” Noth continued. “If we’re going to drill for oil, we should get on Crawford [Bush’s ranch in Texas] and put some oil wells there!

“I think this administration has been probably the biggest tragedy in the history of the United States.” So far he said he supports Democrat Barack Obama, but he wants to see more candidates talk about global warming.

“They’re all diverted by wars in foreign countries,” he said. “The real war is going to be when nature decides they’ve had enough. I don’t think any of them are acting with the kind of immediacy that’s needed.”

Source: US Magazine

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