Autoworkers Protest CAFE Legislation

Frank Williams
by Frank Williams
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The Detroit News carries news of a "made-for-TV" rally of Ford and Chrysler autoworkers in Chicago yesterday. The event, "put together by a public relations firm," protested proposed Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) legislation. The rent-a-mob consisted primarily of 200 workers bussed in from nearby assembly plants. They put on a good show, too. At one point, a Ford Expedition rolled up and disgorged a scoutmaster. three Boy Scouts and a Girl Scout "to demonstrate ways Americans need larger vehicles" (The mind boggles). One Chrysler worker described her [ostensible] reason for attending the rally: "People should be able to drive what they want." A lot of Americans agree with her, which is why the Camry outsells the Sebring by a very wide margin.

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  • Rpn453 Rpn453 on Aug 17, 2007

    "A lot of Americans agree with her, which is why the Camry outsells the Sebring by a very wide margin." Good one!

  • RobertSD RobertSD on Aug 18, 2007

    It's funny because as much as I think CAFE is a terrible program (creates a lot of economic dead-weight loss, and is a bit unfair to auto companies that have good reputation for larger vehicles - because it is weighted), I would wager that U.S. companies right now are actually doing better than they otherwise would have been if CAFE didn't exist. If GM didn't have to meet CAFE, they wouldn't have ANY cars over 30 mpg. CAFE has forced the domestics to invest in cars when, really, they might have left that market by the wayside and been in even more trouble. Ultimately, it's all political gaming, and stupid gaming at that. CAFE should go. Gas tax should come. Then we'll see if yokel from Mississippi wants his HEMI; then we'll see if domestics can actually really adapt to changing demand.

  • SexCpotatoes SexCpotatoes on Aug 18, 2007

    SteveK, but at a horribly, horribly astronomical cost.

  • Cheezeweggie Cheezeweggie on Aug 18, 2007

    Detroit insiders are protesting the very laws that would have possibly saved them if they were enacted years ago. The problem isnt the big SUV's, it's the fuel economy. I'd go buy a full size SUV today if they got the same economy as a midsize sedan.