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Flimsiest-Ever PR Spin Floated by Industry Groups in Opposition to New Automotive Window Stickers

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WONDER IF RIC OCASEK WILL WEIGH IN ON THIS ONE
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Yesterday, the Obama administration proposed two newly-designed window stickers for cars--the first major change since they were introduced 30 years ago--including, according to the New York Times, "one that would assign letter grades for fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions."

“The old labels are just not good enough anymore,” said David Strickland, the administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The grades on the new labels would range from A+ to D, and were immediately slammed by industry groups, who floated the more-than-mildly ridiculous argument that the rating system “falls short because it is imbued with schoolyard memories of passing and failing,” in the words of Dave McCurdy, chief executive of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers.

I can see it now:

"You know, I wanted that brand-new Chevy Tahoe with the performance package and the 20-inch rims, but, gol' dang--that grading system just brings back such bad memories. Okay, sorry 'bout that. Think I'll look into buying a plane, instead."
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