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Michael Moore says goodbye to GM, calls for a new and greener auto industry


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The well-known Oscar and Emmy-winning director Michael Moore says goodbye to GM today as the failed auto company files for bankruptcy. Moore says the “big three” auto companies in the USA are responsible for their own demise and that they have created “some of the greatest weapons of mass destruction responsible for global warming”.

"We are now in a different kind of war -- a war that we have conducted against the ecosystem and has been conducted by our very own corporate leaders. This current war has two fronts. One is headquartered in Detroit. The products built in the factories of GM, Ford and Chrysler are some of the greatest weapons of mass destruction responsible for global warming and the melting of our polar icecaps. The things we call "cars" may have been fun to drive, but they are like a million daggers into the heart of Mother Nature. To continue to build them would only lead to the ruin of our species and much of the planet."

But Moore says he feel "joy" about the fact that the American people now owns 60% of GM and that he is confident "we can do a better job". He is also calling for a swift transformation of GM into a modern and environmentally-friendly company that produces cars for the future, and that the old GM factories start to produce windmills and solar panels. In short Moore is suggesting the following:

  1. Convert the auto factories to factories that build mass transit vehicles and alternative energy devices.
  2. Don’t lay off more workers. Instead use them to help build the new modes of the 21st century transportation.
  3. Invest in high-speed railway across the nation.
  4. Put light rail mass transit lines in all our large and medium-sized cities, and build those trains in the GM factories.
  5. Make GM produce clean and energy efficient buses for the rural areas of USA.
  6. Have some factories build hybrid or all-electric cars (and batteries), it will only take a month to re-tool the factories.
  7. Transform some of the empty GM factories to facilities that build windmills, solar panels and other means of alternate forms of energy.
  8. Provide tax incentives for those who travel by hybrid car or bus or train.
  9. Help people switch to a more energy efficient car or use the public transportation system more by imposing a two-dollar tax on every gallon of gasoline.

Moore has loads of good ideas but somehow I doubt we will start seeing common sense in the US auto industry some day soon.

Also read:

- Let GM and the other failed auto giants go under

- “There is no need to spend a penny of public money on greening the motor industry”

- Uneven Development and Northern Imperialism in the making of Today’s Ecological Crisis

- Al Gore: The whole auto industry needs to be transformed

- Obama on 60 Minutes: “We go from shock to trance and that has to be broken”

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I really hope that the 3 major American auto makers take this opportunity to re-create themselves as responsible eco-conscious companies. They can get back to profitability by providing consumers with energy efficient cars and trucks. They have to be willing to try new technologies.

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For it to happen they need to replace all their lousy executives. I mean there is no wonder that GM is in such a mess when their vice-chair denies climate science while he is promoting “Voltâ€, their new eco-friendly car: http://www.green-blog.org/2008/09/23/gm-vice-ch...

Somehow I doubt GM and the rest of the big three has learned their lesson...

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