June 25, 2007

Senate Finds Scapegoat For Gas Prices

Global warming and America's dependence on foreign oil have become issues that no politician can afford to ignore.

The fear and respect the industry enjoyed has been replaced by finger
-wagging lectures about getting with the times and building "relevant" products

"This whole thing has nothing to do with energy policy, CO2 or the environment," General Motors Corp. Vice Chairman Bob Lutz told The Detroit News on Friday. "This is purely punitive; the 'big business haters' finally giving us our due for decades of 'colluding with oil companies' and 'forcing the U.S. public to buy big SUVs.'

"Make no mistake: these people hate us and want to inflict pain."

That is right, Congress can't ignore gas prices because their constituents
keep calling them about it so since they can't "get" big Oil they are taking
it all out on the American Auto Makers.

They also don't understand that the Auto Makers are not forcing people to
buy big SUV's and Trucks, people are buying big SUV's and Trucks because
they want them. The Senate feels you should not have a choice but should
be forced to buy small vehicles. If the House passes this bill that option
to buy what you want will be taken away, you will be forced to buy small
vehicles because that is all anyone will be able to make.

"Gas prices, and people thinking somehow that a vehicle of the same size can be made to consume less gas," Levin said.

Automakers said if the measure becomes law, it will force them to make
dramatically smaller vehicles and have an impact on sales.

"Ultimately, the public will pay the price," Lutz said.

Harry Reid (Dumocrat) and Nancy Pelosi (Head Dumocrat) feel that Auto Makers
should beable to make big SUV's and Trucks get the same mileage as small vehicles without much change (they probably also believe the water for fuel myth also) are talking through their asses.

Vehicles will be made dangerously lighter weight and the cost of meeting these
unrealistic fuel ecomony raises will have to be passed onto the public, at the
cost of several thousands of dollars.

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