GM is asking the US Treasury for an extra $16.6 billion. Chrysler wants another $5 billion.
The industry itself bears some, but not all, of the responsibility, as GM and Chrysler seek more US aid.
A recession-driven slump in auto sales makes it tougher for the Big Three to craft their restructuring plans.
EarthTalk: Many of them now offer hybrid models – for a price.
The president called for tougher fuel-efficiency standards Monday and may let states regulate vehicle emissions of greenhouse gases.