The U.S. automakers met with Congress yesterday to fight any real improvement in fuel economy. News reports prominently featured the surprising change of opinion by Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.), when he reversed course from previously opposing increases in fuel economy standards and flatly told the Big Three, “I think you’ve lost that issue.

Additionally, the Senate bill gives the government excuses not to reach 35 mpg or to continue making real progress – if the target or a mandatory increase is not “cost-effective