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[*] Post 323308 posted on 2-3-2008 at 02:33 Reply With Quote
GM executive on man-made global warming efforts



Here is a short article about Bob Lutz.

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Lutz wrote in a 2006 blog posting that forcing automakers to sell smaller cars would be "like trying to address the obesity problem in this country by forcing clothing manufacturers to sell smaller, tighter sizes."


Lutz is pushing hard to get the GM house-current-rechargeable car, the Volt, to market before Toyota does its version of the concept.

He considers global warming nonsense (he has expressed it with a different word), but is strong on the idea that he should not be judged by his opinion, but by the quality of the cars GM produces under his influence.
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[*] Post 323579 posted on 4-3-2008 at 01:09 Reply With Quote
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Ya KNOW, if an American car company would just create a damn well-built, efficient hybrid or electric car, PEOPLE WOULD BUY IT, irregardless of if global warming is real or not.

The automakers are just so content with producing mass produced air polluters they won't consider anything else unless forced to by the government.

Where's Mr. Tucker when ya need him?

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Mr. Lutz agrees that GM made a mistake in letting Toyota get established in the hybrid car market first. He was brought in to set a new direction in GM's product line, to make them more competitive.

So, no, Jamie, they are NOT "content with producing mass produced air polluters."

However, it is true that some of the foreign-based car companies have established themselves in the small car market, ahead of the American companies. The American companies have been trying to do better in quality, mileage, styling, etc., and have been producing flex-fuel cars.

The main problems the American companies face are high labor costs (compared to foreign competition), the high cost of US government regulations, and legacy costs (i.e. paying health care costs promised to previous workers, when GM didn't know that medical costs would skyrocket as they have. It's only fair that they keep their agreements--but it does leave them with higher overhead).

When an American company does its best to improve its cars, and the government's answer is to punish them by fining them for not doing even better, the stupidity of the government has only hurt the carmakers, not helped them. To pay the fines, the company would have to add to the price of the cars to recoup the money--and the cars are already at a price disadvantage, so they will sell even more poorly. The most obvious choice for the car manufacturers is to move their plants to other countries, where the labor costs are less, and the cost of government regulations during the manufacturing process are less.

Stupid American government interference. I don't expect a bunch of politicians, many of whom are just lawyers, to know what to do to help. But they don't have to make the problem worse! angrymad2angrymad2angrymad2angrymad2
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