How stupid does the automobile industry think we are? A disengenuous little post appeared here yesterday at BlueNC from "Auto Alliance" entitled "Keep Your Eyes On The Road" with a link to an industry video. I couldn't decide whether to laugh or cry.
Auto Alliance is the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers. They "embraced 40% higher federal fuel standards in the 2007 energy bill" because they were opposed to higher CAFE standards to push fuel efficiency above 35 mpg and, before 2020. They have also fought against carbon controls and are actively lobbying for a national emissions standard because they want to weaken more stringent state laws like California's.
I won't link to the post because I don't want to give it Google juice. It's not quite astroturf because they have identified themselves, albeit with limited disclosure. It does amount to spam because the same post has appeared on over 20 progressive blogs I have been able to verify:
The Union of Concerned Scientists has tracked their moves in recent years:
Auto Industry Pushes for Weaker Fuel Economy Standards
Life in the Slow Lane: Tracking Decades of Automaker Roadblocks to Fuel Economy
Automakers v. the People
Automaker v the People: Oregon Response
Automakers Spin Misleads Consumers
It's not the first time industry has invaded the blogosphere with sockpuppets. Consider the following Google search terms that find PR hacks peddling industry positions in 2007:
"I do some work with the Auto Alliance"
"I do some work with AAM"
"I do some work with NAB" (National Association of Broadcasters)
"I do some work with the American Chemistry Council"
I do some "work" with BlueNC. I don't get paid for it.