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Taken for a Ride: Detroit's Big Three and the Politics of Air Pollutionby Jack Doyle
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Smog was discovered in L.A. in the 1950s, and scientists showed that the city's burgeoning car population was the cause. Thus began almost 50 years of bobbing and weaving by the Big Three auto makers — General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler — to avoid responsibility. As the U.S. government became involved in auto regulation, the Big Three countered with threats, intimidation, and subterfuge. Catalytic converters, alternative fuels, and emissions standards all came about long after they could have as a result of this tug of war. In Taken for a Ride, Jack Doyle documents a sordid tale of delay, missed opportunities, and serious environmental culpability.
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This book chronicles the decades of lobbying, the technological slight-of-hand, and the outright deceptions automobile companies have used to delay enforcement of the Clean Air Act, undermine fuel economy standards, and prevent ratification of the global warming treaty. Doyle (author and consultant on environmental and energy issues) offers evidence from internal documents detailing auto manufacturers' knowledge of and hostility to cleaner technology.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Doyle, who has been a consultant to the President's Council on Environmental Quality, details how the U.S. auto industry--particularly the Detroit big three auto makers: General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler--misled the American people and Congress about cars' harmful emissions. Illustrations.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -506) and index.
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