Frozen chickens killed Detroit, sort of

RobertLawrenceHarvard professor Robert Lawrence, who specializes in international trade, proposes that the “chicken tax” is actually what killed Detroit, by insulating it from real competition in light-duty trucks for 40 years….  It all started in 1962, when the European Common Market barred access to US frozen-chicken imports on the grounds they were devastating German producers. After diplomacy failed, President John F. Kennedy Jr. imposed a tax [that] applied to imports of all non-North American trucks.

—so writes John Voelcker in GreenCarReports