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Word is that the UAW strike against all three Detroit automakers – General Motors, Ford and Stellantis – is worrying more than just auto suppliers and others in the auto industry. It seems the Democratic caucus in Lansing is getting cold feet on some of their progressive agenda – notably over costs of compliance to carbon-neutral energy compliance, with a recent pushback to meet the timeline to 2040 from 2035. Governor Gretchen Whitmer (D), in her second and final term as governor, is urging her caucus to “stay the course” on “The Clean Energy Future Plan,” which many state Republicans  call a “California-style New Deal.” A key issue autoworkers are striking against is the overhaul of the industry to EV – electronic vehicles, which former President Trump has warned UAW members are “coming to take your jobs.” “It’s not a lock for (President Joe) Biden in Michigan anymore,” said one Republican honcho. “When we thought Michigan was a gimme for Democrats – now we’re not so sure.”

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