“We do not believe any group of men adequate enough or wise enough to operate without scrutiny or without criticism. We know that the only way to avoid error is to detect it, that the only way to detect it is to be free to inquire. We know that in secrecy error undetected will flourish and subvert”. – J Robert Oppenheimer.
BUT...BUT...BUT that city is run by good Democrats and President Obama saved the American auto industry - so the report MUST be false.
Detroit was a city built on the great industrial/auto revolution and then WWII and once again in the wealth of the 1950s and 60s.
By the early 1970s, the Federals had made it so that between EPA and DOT regulations with existing limited technology then - and the massive costs of retooling basically everything pre-computer - the US auto industry was limited to building completely crap automobiles - and this continued well into the 1980s. The Japanese, already tooled for small motors and cars and with a fraction of the employee costs filled the gap - permanently - and Detroit was dead.
In 1971, the year the first EPA regulations hit hard, Ford has only a few years earlier tooled for it's next generation motors - NONE of which could possibly meet the regulations. Threatening to file bankruptcy, the EPA adjusted enough to allow Ford's motors to be used, although so downgraded a form as to be junk. Horsepower dropped as much as 40% in one year, and gas mileage went down too. Chrysler was hit worse and relied on selling Japan made cars called Chryslers. GM faired a bit better, having calculated to use EPA and DOT standards to wipe out about 90% of the worlds' smaller car makers from being able to import - and making a run at shutting down Porsche, for which Porsche responded with the (then) incredible 928 - for 3 years the fastest production car in the world and putting Corvette to shame... while still stinging from the Corvair disaster - ending the prospect of America making cars to compete with Euro sports cars. Ralph Nader became famous by shattering GM making a highly efficient, gas economy more Euro-style rear engine car that put VW to shame...
Anyway, the actual history of the death of American auto industry is popularly blamed on unions, when the real greater blame lays with the Greenies and the "OMG CARS ARE DANGEROUS!" folks. It was the end of the decades long the truly great design, creatively and uniquely American history and love-affair with the automobile. Cars actually used to have STYLE!