ENERGY: Henry Ford's Offering

With auto sales in their worst slump since 1958, it hardly seemed appropriate for anyone — let alone an auto executive — to favor proposals that would make driving more expensive. Yet that is what Ford Motor Co. Chairman Henry Ford II is doing. He wants a 100-per-gal. hike in federal gasoline taxes, with the resulting $11 billion raised annually going to assist the poor and unemployed.

"This country's in a recession and we're in trouble," Ford said last week after chairing a meeting of the Detroit Economic Club. "The leadership in Washington has got to take some substantive stands."


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