Originally created 02/12/02

Gas-guzzler attack



"Make no mistake, the Senate proposals would eliminate SUVs, minivans and pickup trucks... If these proposals pass, the only place you'll see a light truck is in a museum."

- Gloria Bergquist, of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, commenting on legislation proposed by U.S. Sen. Ernest Hollings, D-S.C., and other lawmakers to force manufacturers to make vehicles get at least 35 mpg by 2013. The only practical way to achieve such fuel economy is to build smaller cars that don't stand up well in a crash and that consumers don't want to buy. The Hollings plan does appear to be a backdoor effort to get popular gas-guzzlers off the road.