It's hard to recall a time when U.S. presidential candidates represented such divergent attitudes toward the auto industry. Democrat Al Gore's dislike for the internal combustion engine is well documented, and he hasn't waffled on his hard-line stance that Americans should consume less oil. Republican George W. Bush is a former oilman and governor of a state — Texas — that depends on petroleum the same way Michigan relies on the automobile. Consuming more oil isn't necessarily a bad ...

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