[Fox Business] Stellantis to lay off thousands at Jeep plants, blames California emissions regulations

Stellantis says layoffs are coming to two of its U.S. Jeep assembly plants, with potentially thousands of workers losing their jobs early next year, and blamed the move in part on California’s emissions rules.

The automaker announced in a media release it is altering production patterns at its Detroit Assembly Complex – Mack in Michigan and its Toledo Assembly Complex in Ohio “in part because of the need to manage sales of the vehicles they produce to comply with California emissions regulations that are measured on a state-by-state basis.”

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The Mack plant will temporarily move from operating three shifts to two, and the Toledo facility move from its current alternative work schedule to a two-shift pattern that was agreed upon during Stellantis’ recent contract agreement with the United Auto Workers (UAW) union. The company said both changes “will result in job losses.”

Stellantis spokesperson Jodi Tinson told the Detroit Free Press as many as 2,455 workers could be affected at the Detroit plant and another 1,225 at the Toledo facility. The layoffs will start as early as Feb. 5.

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In a separate move earlier this week, Stellantis filed a petition accusing the California Air Resources Board (CARB) of retaliating against the company through an “underground regulatory scheme” that put it at a competitive disadvantage to rivals like Ford, The Detroit News reported.

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According to the outlet, Stellantis faces higher greenhouse gas emissions standards in California than its competitors, after CARB made deals with Ford, BMW, Honda and Volkswagen. Stellantis’ attorneys wrote the enforcement against the company could mean “serious economic burdens” regarding the allocation of vehicles to dealers.

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[Fox Business] LARRY KUDLOW: David Weiss just made Hunter Biden ‘untouchable’ for quite some time

All right, folks, from what I can gather, conservatives are rejoicing over the nine charges filed in the 56-page grand jury indictment against the president’s son, Hunter Biden, filed by federal prosecutor David Weiss and it’s a pretty seamy indictment, as Jonathan [Hunt] just said. I’m not sure Hunter’s not too happy about this, and I’m sure his father is not thrilled about it either. 

Okay. I get that. But speaking as a non-lawyer, really just as a poor, impoverished news host, I’m not so sure about this alleged Christmas present, because now Hunter is going to use this as an excuse to avoid any private deposition under oath before any the congressional oversight or judicial or Ways and Means committees or worst case, he’ll take the fifth if he has to go up there. But what he will not be forced to do is to reveal all the details of the alleged influence peddling and bribery crimes that might just happen to come up in a discussion about his failure to register as a foreign agent. 

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May I italicize that foreign agent part? Because the Weiss indictment didn’t include that for some reason, maybe an oversight. The whole world knows that Poppa Biden was involved with his son’s business. That is way too easy now, but the world doesn’t yet know precisely how he was involved and Hunter ain’t going to talk about that because he’s already been busted for not paying his taxes, right. Since, if he just got busted for three felonies and six misdemeanors, and yes he could go to jail for 17-years, and no, Hunter, he’s not going to have any fun in jail, but he won’t go to Capitol Hill either. 

And my non-legal suspicion is that this whole series of events actually brings GOP oversight investigators further away from Joe Biden, because Hunter’s going to be untouchable for quite some time. And if I were really a cynic, I would say that special counsel David Weiss, who has zero credibility, decided to put Hunter on ice for exactly this reason. 

I mean, I can just imagine the phone calls between Weiss and Attorney General Merrick Garland: Look, we’ve got to do something here because these IRS whistleblowers made such a strong case and Judge Noriega in Wilmington blew up the first phony deal beyond repair, so let’s protect their ultimate boss, Joe, by throwing Hunter under the bus just for a little while, put him on ice for the rest of the election period. 

And if Papa Biden does beat Trump, well, he’ll undoubtedly pardon his son. In fact, press secretary KJP today said again that the president would never pardon his son, which of course, makes it all the more likely that that is exactly what the president would do. Remember the political axiom? Politicians say, no, no, no, right up until the time they say yes and that law will apply here, trust me. Or if Donald Trump should win, then Hunter will make some kind of deal, but yes, he’ll spend some time in the pokey. Not the worst thing in the world from the standpoint of his octogenarian father, who will whisper under his breath: Better him than me. 

So just to end this totally absurd riff, since when have conservatives suddenly decided to entrust Special Counsel David Weiss after his incredibly unenviable track record about all this? And that is my non-legal, impoverished news host riff. Okay, there you have it.

This article is adapted from Larry Kudlow’s opening commentary on the December 8, 2023, edition of “Kudlow.” 

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