ENVIRONMENT
01/11/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Enviros Fuming Over Use Of "Green" Auto Money

Environmental groups are disappointed that money put aside to aid automakers to produce more fuel-efficient cars is now going to fund their operations.

Although the bill promises the money for retooling plants will be replenished in the future, environmentalists are skeptical. And they're also upset the bailout doesn't ban automakers from suing states that set tougher emissions limits than federal rules.

"We know they need help retooling their factories, and we feel very strongly that if those funds are going to be diverted and not replenished, Congress is walking away from their own commitment to fuel efficiency," says Phyllis Cuttino, head of the U.S. Global Warming Campaign for the Pew Environmental Group.

Read the full story here

-OR-

::The Inspired Auto Bailout Of Tom Friedman's Dreams
::Robbie Bennet: Let Big Oil Bail Out The Auto Industry
::Diane Tucker: Ha! Would You Buy A Car Designed By OUR Government?

Read more on usatoday.com