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20 November, 2008

Just Say NO to bailing out the Big Three!

There are still far too many SUV’s wandering the boulevards.

Will Obama do the right thing?

Revenge of the Electric Car

While the Big Three U.S. automakers in Detroit cry for a $25-billion dollar bailout, we should keep in mind the documentary, "Who Killed the Electric Car." This important documentary released in 2006 investigates the "creation, limited commercialization and subsequent destruction of the battery-powered electric vehicle in the United States, specifically the General Motors EV1 of the 1990s."


On November 14, 2008, Nate Holden, former California State Senator and L.A. City Councilmember, held a press conference demanding General Motors apologize to the American people for destroying the automaker’s EV1 plug-in electric vehicle. Mr. Holden demanded the EV1’s immediate re-introduction before, or in exchange for, any Government bailout of GM.

GM now has a hybrid-electric car called the Volt due in 2010. It promises to be a great car - it's just far too late.

Chris Paine, director of "Who Killed The Electric Car," is currently working on the sequel titled, "Revenge of the Electric Car."

Simply put, the Big Three don't deserve a bailout - they've had 30 years of bad management and refused to give the American people what they wanted: Fuel-efficient vehicles. Instead, they seemed to be holding hands with the oil companies and other special interest groups, making big gas guzzlers. Because of this obvious conspiracy, they destroyed every one of those EV1 electric vehicles.

I say give a new car manufacturer a try - one who will make the necessary adjustments, keeping in mind future energy issues, sustainability and foreign oil from countries who hate America and are trying to destroy this nation. Oil companies who do not have America's best interests at heart have had a monopoly for far too long.

Now is a perfect time for such a new direction, with a new automobile industry and a new President who promises to finally give the U.S. a real energy policy, for the first time in 30 years. Hopefully, Obama will also consider the Pickens Plan. These are great opportunities, if the US government and business can get it together.

The Stone Age didn't end because they ran out of stones. So it should be with the fossil-fuel industry - let's end it before we run out of oil, and before it ends us! I have no problem saying, "Good riddance!" to the oil industry. Let it and these dinosaur automakers remain in the last century. Bring in the sustainable energy age.


  1. I certainly agree! Let them go into Chapter 11, then the bankruptcy court can modify the union contracts to bring the labor costs down. These contracts are unconscionable anyway!

    The hourly labor rates in the big three for wages and benefits is in the mid $70 range, whereas at the Toyota, Saturn, and other partially foreign owned U.S. plants the wages and benefits are in mid $40/hour!

    Let this be changed! No auto worker on the assembly line should be getting over $200K a year in wages and benefits!

    It's an affrontery to all other workers in the nation!!!!!

  2. Oh, and you can buy an electric car on eBay - one of the original 1997 designed pickups by GM for $12-$20K depending on whether or not the battery pack has been upgraded.

    GM sold the pickups, but only leased the cars.