ECONOMIC ANALYSIS: Big Three carmakers' slide will not be easy to reverse

The last writings of the late novelist Kurt Vonnegut portrayed the Americans of today as "drunk" on fossil fuels. Of course, that's only partly true. What we're really addicted to are the machines we pour the fuel into, especially the automobile. We have more registered vehicles in this country than we have drivers. In 2005, we collectively drove more than 3 trillion miles in our vehicles-15,000 miles for each of the nation's 199 million drivers. And the numbers go up...

 

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