As world leaders meet in Copenhagen to seek consensus on ways to reduce carbon emissions, the world's automakers are on the doorstep of a revolutionary change in how the vehicles we all depend on are designed and powered. From batteries, to plug-in hybrids, to next generation biofuels, clean diesels and hydrogen powered autos, to dramatic improvements in old combustion technology, automakers are doing more than any other industry to bring the change needed to avoid a potential climate crisis -- and they do so willingly. More so now than ever, automakers realize that reducing the automobile's dependence on fossil fuels is a necessity for …
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Dave McCurdy, a former member of the House of Representatives from Oklahoma, is president and CEO of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers.