Posture, Clout of Slimmer GM, Automakers: Outlook on Capitol Hill Cloudy, but Change Likely

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The Yale Forum on Climate Change and the Media

By Julie Halpert

July 21, 2009

“The auto industry already had lost a lot of its clout before they drove themselves into bankruptcy,” Becker says. He sees automakers desperately lobbying now to get more money and more bailouts, and adds “It’s hard for the auto companies to wield the bludgeon against the environment with one hand while they’re shaking a tin cup in the other.”