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US Senator Carl Levin, D- the State of Cars, will be offering an amendment to the proposed new fuel economy regulations next month that would provide a way out for carmakers. Under the new proposal, carmakers that commit to power using alternative fuels or new powertrains on all their cars by 2020 would be exempted from the new rules.

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How did Carl Levin, a Democratic Senator from Michigan, help get the compromise on the upcoming CAFE bill we mentioned this morning? He said yesterday that he would filibuster fuel economy legislation because he says it discriminates against the Big Three domestic automakers. He also said that a requirement that would raise fuel economy standards by 10 mpg over 10 years would put the Chrysler group out of business, according to Automotive News (subs req'd).

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