Sen. Levin: increase in CAFE standard would kill Chrysler

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).
Let's just state for the record that GM, Chrysler, and Ford are three of Levin's top financial donors (Guardsmark, Inc. is number three), according to the Center for Responsive Politics, so he's going to do pretty much anything to help them. Whether stopping 35 mpg CAFE helps the rest of us doesn't seem to affect Levin's thinking on the issue.

There's lots of good info in the AN article, so head over there if you have a subscription. One other bit that bears mentioning here is that Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., said warnings from the Big Three about losing money and market share, closing plants and laying off workers just don't cut it any more because they've already taken those steps without higher fuel economy standards.

[Source: Harry Stoffer / Automotive News]

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