TO THE EDITOR:
The penalties imposed by the U.S. government for automaker failure to comply with increasingly unrealistic fuel economy standards are nothing more than an attempt to circumvent the American consumer's right to choose ("Fiat Chrysler faces $79 million U.S. penalty for fuel economy shortfall," autonews.com, Oct. 16). Given the choice between electric vehicles and the gas-powered vehicles we all know and love, the average American consumer would choose to stick with what he or she knows.
The Obama administration did its best to tempt us with incentive programs, and still the American consumer remained unconvinced. Higher gasoline prices would result in politicians taking the blame and elections being lost, so that's not an option for them. But if they make it cost prohibitive for automakers to continue to produce gas-powered vehicles, then they accomplish their objective by denying us the option.
JULIE GUENTHER, Auburn Hills, Mich.