The chief executives of General Motors, Ford and Chrysler met with Senate lawmakers today, less than a week before Democrats plan a vote on a sprawling energy bill, and asserted that the bill?s proposed increase in mileage requirements would be impossible to meet and would gravely damage the industry.
The bill would raise the average mileage requirement for passenger cars to 35 miles per gallon by 2020, up from the current 27.5 miles per gallon, and it would include light trucks and sport-utility vehicles in that requirement.
But key House and Senate Democrats are pushing a softer standard, and they appear to have a good chance of getting what they want. Senators Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow, both of Michigan, are drafting a bill that would raise mileage requirements but give car companies opportunities to escape the requirements if they appeared to be too difficult to meet.
In the House, Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, the speaker, is on a collision course with a fellow Democrat, Representative John Dingell of Michigan, chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, who has proposed a bill that also includes numerous escape hatches for car companies ? ?off-ramps,? as supporters call them.
Levin and Stabenow are cowards. I know Markey is against Dingell’s treacherous plan; I wonder what we can do to strengthen his hand.
It’s just so damn depressing that we have to deal with this crap from Democrats. Heaven save us from our “friends”.