A recent newspaper article said that the government is considering requiring U.S. auto makers to reach a mileage standard of 56.2 miles per gallon. It also commented that those standards are already in place in Europe and Japan, so it is clearly possible, and would save both the government and drivers a large amount of money. The auto industry opposes this move. What do you think are the moral/ethical dimensions of this issue? Is this an unwarranted incursion of government into free enterprise, or are companies obligated to comply with lofty environmental standards? Where do you see corporate social responsibility in this situation?
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