The Capitulation Hat Trick…….

I’m sure glad the Democrats control Congress.

Otherwise, I might be worried Congress was busy giving the Big Three a 15 billion dollar handout with no strings attached.

Likewise, I also don’t have to concern myself with the possible scenario where the Democrats fund this give-away with money designed to help auto-makers build more fuel efficient vehicles, or the ultimate nightmare plan, where the Big Three take their free bailout cash and turn around use this money to sue the states which want to to enforce clean vehicle standards.

Whew!  Thank goodness, none of this is happening.

Bob Lutz, GM’s Corporate Klutz, Needs to Go!…….

Congress must think the American people are a bunch of chumps.

Why?

Well, once again, lawmakers are going to give billions of dollars of bailout money to the very same industry leaders who so successfully destroyed their businesses in the first place.

That makes perfect sense.

Does Congress really expect us to believe the current crop of auto executives are willing–or able–to radically change their thinking in a way that meets the challenges of a 21st century transportation industry.

I have serious doubts.

Don’t believe me.  Take a peek at the awesome leadership currently occupying General Motors Vice Chairman of Global Product Development slot.  Meet Bob Lutz.  Here are some of his greatest hits, courtesy of Think Progress.

1. Global warming is a “total crock of shit.”

Reuters reports that GM Vice Chairman Bob Lutz defended his previous remarks dismissing global warming as a “total crock of shit.” Lutz said his views had no bearing on GM’s commitment to build environmentally-friendly vehicles. He added that those “spewing virtual vitriol” at him for disparaging climate change were “missing the big picture.” “My thoughts on what has or hasn’t been the cause of climate change have nothing to do with the decisions I make,” Lutz alleged.

2. Sure, the planet may be warming, but it is due to sun spots and certainly not CO2 emissions.

Lutz: I accept that the planet is heated, but I, like many noted scientists, I don’t believe in the CO2 theory.

Colbert: Exactly! I just think that people are leaving their toaster ovens open. [Or] it’s just sun-spot activity.

Lutz: In the opinion of about 32,000 of the world’s leading scientists, yes.

3. Lutz still believes Americans want sports ultility vehicles and large pick-up trucks and thinks GM’s only electric car, the Chevy Volt, is weak and unattractive.

LUTZ: Let me just get one thing straight here: There’s a lot of talk about well, General Motors doesn’t make the right kind of cars or General Motors built trucks too long. At $1.50 per gallon, the American public wants sport utilities and large pickup trucks.

America and the environment can no longer afford to support welfare dinosaurs like Bob Lutz.

White House, Democrats Reach Deal on $15 Billion Auto Aid | Reuters…….

I like how the Democrats continue to support the Bush Administration’s going out of business sale by giving out billions of dollars of corporate welfare with no strings attached.

The package, which Democratic leaders hope to win passage of next week and send to President George W. Bush, totals between $15 billion and $17 billion, the aide said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Once again, after the taxpayer, the biggest loser in this deal is the environment.  I don’t see any stipulation demanding the auto makers immediately switch production to plug-in hybrids and/or electric cars.

In fact, Congress plans to “pay for” this round of bailouts by allowing the Big Three to tap into a reserve set aside to prod Detroit into producing more fuel efficient cars.  Nice.

They say the breakthrough came after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi bowed to a demand by President Bush that any aid come from a fund that had been intended to help Detroit produce more fuel-efficient cars.

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Detroit’s Bait and Switch…….

Is the corporate media really working up a froth over the auto industry bailout plan because the CEO’s of the Big Three have pledged to work for a dollar a year.  Seriously?!?

Big friggin’ whoop.  I wanted those idiots out, like yesterday.

After all, this is the same stunted brain trust which decided to walk away from the Partnership for a New Generation of Vehicles. Oh, and one of it’s elder statesmen, GM’s Bob Lutz, continues to claim global warming is “a total crock of shit”.

Hey big time media types, this is the real deal breaker, not the dollar a year PR stunt.  Either Detroit agrees to only build plug-in hybrids and/or electric cars or there will be no money.

Why?  Because paying Bob Lutz a dollar a year to deny reality, is still a gigantic waste of the tax payers money.

10% of All Vehicles in Ireland to be Electric Cars by 2020 | Gas 2.0…….

Now Ireland is laying plans to convert to electric vehicles.

This article claims that a third of Ireland’s carbon emissions come from vehicles.  Here in Washington State over half of our carbon emissions are produced by the transportation sector.

Imagine what would happen if Washington State decided to embrace electric cars.  The state would create jobs and increase revenue as the necessary infrastructure is put in place.  Plus, the conversion to electric cars would reduce the state’s biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions.

The Irish government has announced radical plans to introduce more than 250,000 electric cars onto the nation’s roads by 2020, a staggering ten percent of the total vehicles in the country.

If the scheme is successful, Sustainable Energy Ireland (SEI), the state energy agency, estimates an annual cut in CO2 emissions of around 350,000 tonnes. Transport currently accounts for more than a third of Ireland’s carbon emissions, higher than any other sector.

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How About It Gregoire?…….

Let’s see now.

California is gearing up to make the cities of San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland the epicentre of an electric car revolution.

The plan to create the infrastructure required for a fully functioning electric vehicle society was announced just last week by each of the three cities’ mayors. The policies will provide incentives to employers to install EV chargers in their buildings, expedite battery changing facilities, install electrical outlets in all government buildings, promote the purchase of EVs, and improve local regulations and standards. The total cost of the program is expected to amount to around one billion dollars, and California’s government will be teaming up with the electric transportation company Better Place to install the required infrastructure.

Governor Ted Kulongosk wants to replace Oregon’s $1,500 hybrid tax credit with a $5,000 electric vehicle credit.

And what is Washington State doing to get its residents into electric cars?

As far as I can tell, a whole lot of nothing.

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Stop Rewarding Failure…….

I am absolutely fed up with the U.S. auto industry and the pig-headed brain trust running the show.

Let me get this straight.

The taxpayers need to bailout Detroit after The Big Three refused to innovate their products, killed the electric car, and manipulated Congress and the EPA into refusing California’s clean car waiver??

Right.

Here is what needs to happen before I would even consider throwing more money into this corporate money pit.

First, layoffs will begin with the CEO’s, CFO’s, and work their way down through the corporate management before one line worker is out of a job.  And you can forget about your golden parachute boys.

Second, Detroit will build plug-in hybrids and/or electric vehicles.  No exceptions.

Third, the American auto industry will not hinder California and the 17 other states who are trying to implement clean car legislation.  California will get its waiver and the auto industry will not sue to block it.

If the United States wants to get out of the economic hole created by Bush and his Democratic enablers in Congress, the federal government has to stop rewarding failure.

Obama and the Democrats crushed the Republicans because voters felt they would do a better job than Bush in handling the economy.

Given that assumption, why do the Democrats want to blindly dump more of our money into the failing auto industry that has stubborly refused to acknowledge reality and innovate their products?