Bob King, President of the United Auto Workers, is adding his voice to those who have already chimed in with support for the new Corporate Average Fuel Economy standard of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. In what might be a historic break from the union's contentious past, King is throwing in for the new fuel efficiency rules because he thinks it will mean jobs for his members as the auto industry reacts to the mandate.

In the past, such a decree could have meant much wailing and gnashing of teeth from both the automakers and labor unions. Instead, The Detroit News reports King told a meeting of representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency and Nathional Highway Traffic Safety Administration "We are excited about the new green technologies that are being developed in the United states and produced in UAW-represented facilities." King went on to praise the rules as a change that will save people money at the gas pump and reduce pollution.

The proceedings in Detroit weren't all smiles, however. Don Chalmers of the National Automobile Dealers Association expressed worry that the technology to make the fuel efficiency goal possible will tack on between $3,500 to $5,000 to the price of new vehicles, squeezing buyers with low cashflow or difficult credit inordinately. Still, the surprising bout of rainbows and puppy dogs that this latest CAFE requirement has engendered may be a harbinger of a new attitude all-around, as long as dealers can figure out how to put buyers into the newly efficient cars that automakers and labor leaders are so pleased to be creating.


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      Avinash Machado
      • 3 Years Ago
      At least he gets his name in the headlines.
      tipdrip215
      • 3 Years Ago
      After what he did to two American auto companies and our wallets, why are this guy's opinions still taken seriously?
      bobmarley
      • 3 Years Ago
      FU BOB!
      tump
      • 3 Years Ago
      This topic always brings out the right wing knuckledraggers that always vote against their own interests.
        TruthHertz
        • 3 Years Ago
        @tump
        I'm not even going to dignify your ignorance... Do a little bit of research and try again.
          That Kid
          • 3 Years Ago
          @TruthHertz
          Research on what exactly? I didn't know that there was any credible scientific research that holds that increasing fuel efficiency and reducing emissions in our cars is either undesirable or difficult to achieve. If you haven't noticed, the amount of power that even the average workaday car has today is much greater than it was 30 years ago. Are you saying that it would be a herculean task or prohibitively expensive to give up some of that increase in power to drive longer on a tank of gas and pollute the air less? Are you saying that investment in new technologies that could further improve fuel economy would not create desirable research and engineering jobs, make our industries more competitive and reduce our dependency on dirty imported oil and the even filthier, difficult to process tar sands and shale oil that is available in North America? Are you denying that we've experienced increasingly erratic weather: with the last 2 years being some of the wettest on record in many places and the driest on record in others? I personally can tell you that the weather in New Jersey this Winter is far from typical...but for some reason there are full-grown adults who will stamp their feet and hoot and holler in denial of this obvious fact. I could go on but for the sake of brevity: I think you didn't "dignify" tump's comment because you have nothing logical or factual to counter it with.
      Jake
      • 3 Years Ago
      He's just saying that to jerk Obama off.
      Pj Taintz
      • 3 Years Ago
      dear bob king go eff yourself sincerely the american public
      NightFlight
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'd be pumped to see Bob King permanently go away.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Basil Exposition
      • 3 Years Ago
      54MPG CAFE is a terrible idea so it makes perfect sense King would be all about it.
      Diz
      • 3 Years Ago
      Of course Bob King and his ilk are happy. Effectively, they are wards of the state.
      Scr
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wrong on both accounts. 1. This will not save anyone money. As the manufacturers put it, this will add significantly to the cost of the vehicle, making payoff for the initial owner (who keeps their car less than 10 years) either as a loss or a wash. Further to this point, with a decrease in gasoline usage, the price will inevitably go up. Its the Wal-Mart model. You sell more, you can lower the price on volume...economies of scale people. And this isn't the oil company, this is the retailer who sells less gas and has to raise the price just to keep in business. Last point on this, with less fuel being used, governments that rely on the fuel taxes for revenue will be hurting for cash (they already are) meaning Europe-like fuel taxes. 2. Reduce pollution: Research has shown that the more fuel efficient the car (Prius for example), the more it is driven. Yes, people drive more, and they drive less efficiently negating any potential reduction of pollution.
        lasertekk
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Scr
        Sorry, wrong on both of your accounts: 1. Inconclusive data to draw any conclusions at this time. However, the likely scenario is the future will bring us greatly increased fuel prices. The savings will become highly evident then. 2) Common sense precludes anyone suddenly driving twice as much, since the given vehicle has increased its efficiency by the same factor. There's only so much to do, within a 24 hour day, without it clashing with like, say, your job.
      guyverfanboy
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm not sure what all the hate about CAFE is all about. I think it is a good thing in the long run. Eventually these fuel saving technologies will go down in price and then there won't be any bitching and moaning about it.
        Patrick
        • 3 Years Ago
        @guyverfanboy
        And it's deadly in the short run
        Chris B
        • 3 Years Ago
        @guyverfanboy
        The average transaction price for a new vehicle has already hit $30,000. Can you imagine that going to $35,000 to $37,000 in just 8 years? I like the idea of improved fuel economy standards, but forcing automakers to rapidly develop these technologies instead of gradually phasing them in as the technology becomes more affordable to soften the blow for the consumer is going to cause more problems than solve.
          poggi
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Chris B
          What's to worry? Uncle's car biz is supported by Uncle's sub prime loans from uncle's bank, Ally, nee GMAC. It's bend over time again in the car biz. Nothing changes.
        IBx27
        • 3 Years Ago
        @guyverfanboy
        Eventually is the key word. When you force something, you kill the market.
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