Chrysler official takes public potshot at oil companies

What’s more fun than a quiet, simmering feud between Big Auto and Big Oil? A public catfight! Chief Chrysler spokesflack Jason Vines minced no words on a company blog Monday: “Despite a documented history of … hoarding their bounty by avoiding technologies, policies, and legislation that would protect the population and environment and lower fuel costs, Big Oil insists on transferring all of that responsibility on the auto companies.” The tirade was in part a reaction to a recent ExxonMobil print ad that called attention to the auto industry’s conspicuous failure to keep up with energy-efficiency gains in the broader economy. “Each industry is right that the other is to blame for a big part of the problem,” said the Sierra Club’s Dan Becker, who added of the smackdown: “I’m happy to watch.”