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Making Our Voices Heard on Impending CAFE Legislation

Tahoe Fox

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this was on our dealer website... granted i don't know much history behind all this but from this one sided view point i have here, it looks like huge BS against us auto makers  :7:

Dear GM Dealer:
This week, the U.S. Senate is considering major energy legislation (H.R. 6) that includes aggressive increases in the Corporate Average Fuel Economy requirements for passenger cars and light trucks. The outcome of this debate will have a decisive impact on the overall auto industry, especially U.S. domestic automakers and General Motors in particular. As an automotive retailer, you have a vested interest in ensuring that Congress passes energy legislation that achieves reasonable goals while preserving consumer choice and the livelihood of millions of Americans that depend on our industry.

As part of this process, we expect a spirited debate on the CAFE provisions. During that debate, an amendment will be offered that would moderate the extreme CAFE increases currently in the bill. We urge you to contact your Senators and ask them to support this CAFE alternative.

Currently, H.R. 6 calls for CAFE increases that independent technical experts agree cannot be reasonably achieved. In addition, it would impose the single greatest regulatory cost burden ever on an industry. The proposed legislation calls for raising the average fuel economy for the combined fleet of cars and light trucks by 40 percent to an average of 35 mpg by 2020 ? with 4 percent increases annually after that. The U.S. Department of Transportation?s most recent estimates place the cost of such a proposal to the auto industry at $114 billion?of which $85 billion, or three-quarters of the cost, would be shouldered by the domestic automakers. GM?s cost alone is estimated to be $40 billion, or more than twice our current market capitalization.

With GM and the other domestic automakers at a critical point in transforming our respective businesses, this proposal poses a very real and serious threat to the domestic auto industry and would result in irreparable economic harm to our employees, dealers, suppliers, and the communities where we operate. Moreover, such extreme CAFE increases would also lead to extensive shifts in vehicle offerings that will adversely affect consumer choice, vehicle safety, and competitiveness among manufacturers.

Make no mistake, GM is taking action to address climate change and energy security as an essential part of our long term competitiveness and success. We are pursuing product plans based on advanced technology and renewable fuels that we believe will accomplish what CAFE hasn?t in 30 years?to truly displace petroleum and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. We offer more vehicles capable of using alternative fuels (E85 ethanol), than any other manufacturer. By 2012, half of the vehicles we produce will be E85 capable. In addition, we offer hybrid technology in the Saturn Vue and Aura and the Chevrolet Malibu. Later this year, we will be adding to that list a strong hybrid version of our large SUVs, the Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon. In short, we are providing consumers with the choices and options they demand while continually improving efficiency.

It?s important that we work together with government on the right things that can truly make a difference. We believe our approach can be one part of an effective solution to address climate change and energy security. Our company, country, and consumers cannot afford to be diverted from measures that can work in order to meet aggressive and extreme CAFE increases that are not rooted in a sound technical or economic basis.

So, I urge you again to contact your Senators. Tell them that a more realistic alternative to the extreme CAFE increases that are in the current bill will be offered and we hope they will support its adoption.

Sincerely,

Mark R. LaNeve

GMNA Vice President
 
spacegator said:
this is a political topic.? some would argue that the environmental and health costs alone of not improving CAFE exceed $114B......


if it being a political topic means i shouldn't have posted it then my apologies. 

i personally was not aware of this going on behind the scenes but as a long time car person, this, i agree, is going to slaughter us.  anyone who holds stocks in a domestic co will probably be highly affected by it as well...

it's not like the domestics have an easy time pushing units out as it is... we certainly don't need things like this stacked on top of us.
 
Avalanche Fox said:
if it being a political topic means i shouldn't have posted it then my apologies.?

i personally was not aware of this going on behind the scenes but as a long time car person, this, i agree, is going to slaughter us.? anyone who holds stocks in a domestic co will probably be highly affected by it as well...

it's not like the domestics have an easy time pushing units out as it is... we certainly don't need things like this stacked on top of us.

not intended that way.
 
While it does involve the political process, it's a topic that I'm sure was meant to inform us of sometrhing that could affect every one of us in some way, not to cause argument.
I don't see it as a political topic any more than the many "pray for...." threads are religious topics.
 
Well, I see no issue with the CAFE standards.

We should all be driving little econobox sub-compacts that get 40MPG like the Toyota Camry or Honda Accord, right?













Hello?











Anyone out there?






(how come I hear crickets?)
 
Avalanche Fox said:
if it being a political topic means i shouldn't have posted it then my apologies.

i personally was not aware of this going on behind the scenes but as a long time car person, this, i agree, is going to slaughter us. anyone who holds stocks in a domestic co will probably be highly affected by it as well...

it's not like the domestics have an easy time pushing units out as it is... we certainly don't need things like this stacked on top of us.

Actually, for what its worth, GM is the CAFE leader for domestic production, and that is only going to get better.  Toyota has already complained in their 10K filings that CAFE is causing problems for them, and may stunt their truck and SUV plans (my heart bleeds).

The standard is ridiculous they want to pass and I doubt it will ever pass.
 
Chief said:
Actually, for what its worth, GM is the CAFE leader for domestic production, and that is only going to get better.? Toyota has already complained in their 10K filings that CAFE is causing problems for them, and may stunt their truck and SUV plans (my heart bleeds).

The standard is ridiculous they want to pass and I doubt it will ever pass.


i know how well versed u stay w/ all this so i'm glad u saw the thread.  i do hope u're right...
 
According to the news, the new CAFE standards have passed in the senate. If it becomes law, I wonder if the automakers will kill a lot of their upcoming middle of the road performance cars and just keep the top of the line hot ones to try and meet the average mileage.
Interestingly, the July Car and Driver has an article on upcoming cars worth waiting for and I notice that- according to Bob Lutz- the Camaro, RWD Impala SS and some others might not be produced because of more stringent CAFE standards.
 
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