The European Commission's proposal late last year that carmakers should cap their fleet average CO2 emissions at 130g/km by 2012 or else face heavy fines has caused uproar. A German government official was quoted at the time as saying: "Whatever motive led a majority of commissioners to decide this, we consider the solution to be wrong, very harmful and we will do everything to force changes." Since then, many of the industry's top executives have publically condemned the proposals, warning of the calamitous effects they say these rules could have, including thousands of potential job losses throughout Europe.