"WASHINGTON - A Michigan congressman is defending the U.S. auto industry against fuel efficiency increases by criticizing a famous foe of global warming: California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Republican Rep. Joe Knollenberg's re-election campaign placed a billboard along a busy interstate in metropolitan Detroit that reads, "Arnold to Michigan: Drop Dead!" It shows a grim-looking picture of the actor-turned-politician and draws attention to a Web site.
"Michigan and the Big Three are being unfairly bullied by politicians who have no understanding of auto manufacturing," Knollenberg said Thursday in a statement announcing the billboard and Web site: www.big3defense.com.
Knollenberg said his group "picked on Schwarzenegger because he's a perfect symbol of a bully and because he has become the Republican Al Gore."
Since hubby's a retiree from GM, we're closely tied to the auto industry. He said if they would have initiated a gas tax when Jimmy Carter was president, we wouldn't be in this mess. It would have forced the auto companies to build more fuel-efficient cars and consumers to conserve energy.
Posted by Karen at 3/10/2007 03:14:00 PM