In an email sent to about 67,000 government employees, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services advised their employees on the merits of fuel-saving cars. Highlighted were hybrids, ethanol vehicles and diesel vehicles. Also mentioned was the conversion to biodiesel. That doesn't sound too biased does it? The domestic automakers thought so. Check out the list of vehicles that the DHHS specifically cited, which did not include any Americans cars. I am sure that some would argue that the omission was because American automakers do not produce clean, low-fuel-consumption, clean-burning cars. That would be wrong, as Ford offers the Escape hybrid and GM sells hybrid versions of midsize cars like the Saturn Aura and Chevy Malibu. Chrysler is lagging behind when it comes to hybrid vehicles, and they were also the most vocal about their dislike of the email. It is true that there is a perception that Detroit only pushes out large trucks and SUVs while Honda and Toyota care about the environment too much to sell them. Again, this is not true, as Toyota offers many large SUVs and a full-size truck. However, the fact remains that there was no outright incorrect information sent in the email message.

If it seems a little odd that the U.S. government would not include vehicles made by manufacturers based in their own country, consider that this was really just a newsletter sent out to employees. The email was based largely on information gathered from other sources, so if there is a bias regarding recommended vehicles, it is likely either that the original article was the one which was biased, or that the vehicles highlighted really were the most efficient. The truth probably lies somewhere in between, which means that this is just a mountain being made out of a molehill.

[Source: Detroit News]


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