New CAFE Law is Small, But Needed Kick in US Auto Industry Backside

Consider the newly passed 35 mpg CAFE standard in America a very small kick in the backside that Detroit carmakers are only now going to be held to a fuel-efficiency standard that European and Asian manufacturers have shown for years is attainable, write Toledo Blade editorial board.

Published: 28-Dec-2007

THANK the gods for the Hollywood writers' strike. At least now, Jay Leno, David Letterman, and the rest of the late-night Will Rogers wannabes will have to rely on their own joke-writing ability as they consider Congress' latest gaffe (or should that be guffaw?).

Members of the Michigan congressional delegation have their tailpipes in a knot because when the recently passed energy bill was sent to President Bush for his signature, it was delivered by a clerk in a Toyota Prius hybrid.

"A slap in the face of every American auto worker," sputtered Rep. Mike Rogers. "Calculated, I believe, just to demonstrate their complete disregard for the domestic auto industry," fumed Rep. Candice Miller.

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