To adopt some financial lingo being bantered about quite a bit these days, the green "correction" to the U.S. auto industry is in full swing. GM leading man Mr. Fix-It Bob Lutz sums up the pain thus -- that the auto industry was faced with three simultaneous crises:
1) mortgage crisis
2) soaring gasoline prices (doubling over 24 months) that wiped out the pickup truck and sport utility vehicle market (mission accomplished, TreeHuggers -- sort of*)
3) governments creating new, stringent targets for fuel consumption instead of a gradual transition via increasing gas taxes in order to change consumer behavior
In fact, GM does very directly see itself in a similar sinking ship as the the finance industry, and likewise in need of a life raft.
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