Posts Tagged ‘GM’

ExxonMobil Posts Record Profits AGAIN

July 31, 2008
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It’s not that I don’t like companies that actually make money for their shareholders, but I think the line has been crossed in this case.  People are having to drive less and pay more for everything like food and basic necessities.  There has to be some sort of middle ground between the oil companies making record profits and the average American being able to have extra income to spend on things other than the basics.

I think I say it best in my comment on the linked ABC blog above:
The problem has always been the lack of consumer choice. When we buy a car or truck we have only once choice of fuel type: gasoline created from oil. We are just now in 2008 starting to see Flex Fuel (TM) vehicles that can use domestic ethanol E85 fuel. There needs to be more than two choices. There should be electric cars that I can charge with solar panels on the roof of my house. After 5-10 years the fuel would essentially be free after saving the money I would be spending on gasoline and power from the grid. I say let the oil companies do whatever they want to do to help their shareholders, but they need to let go of their semi-monopoly on our transportation. There wouldn’t be so many grassroots electric vehicle conversions going on if automakers in the US like General Motors would just have kept their EV1 going instead of recalling and shredding them to pieces. Anyone who reads this needs to watch the documentary “Who Killed the Electric Car?” just to have the information out there. If GM would have kept the EV1 going, and put more out there on the road then the invisible hand would have put incentive out there for the battery companies to make better batteries, etc. Since the EV1 came out in the 90’s then by now we would have the EV2 or EV3 with better range and a lower price just from economies of scale.

Impact of GM Destroying the EV1

July 30, 2008

Impact of GM Destroying the EV1 – Seeking Alpha

I don’t think I could have made a better comment than this person’s:
“…for all the money the US has wasted in Iraq, it could have instead bought 100,000,000 hybrid
vehicles to replace US citizens’ gas-guzzling SUVs. Obviously this
would have not only been a much wiser use of US taxpayer money, but
would have cut foreign oil dependency, helped to clean up the
Earth’s atmosphere, saved many lives, and perhaps have rescued the
faltering US economy and currency from its current oil-dependent
death spiral.”
Just imagine if GM had NOT killed the EV1?  My wife and I both would be driving one.  By now the battery technology would be at least double if not triple the capacity since so many would be on the streets it would behoove battery companies to be the supplier.  General Motors would instead be the greatest American hero (not the TV show) instead of the faltering, bankrupt, money and job loser it is.

Now it seems that it’s up to Tesla Motors to do what GM could have already been doing for the past 15 years.  They are going to be an all electric car company that sells only 100% electric cars.  Right now they only have the one sportscar model to choose from.  But, the customers that buy these models are helping to pay for the techonolgy and tooling required to drive down costs of the next models (see paragraph five and six) through economies of scale.  I can’t afford the Tesla Roadster but I do want to help them get their next model out as soon as possible.  So I bought this T-Shirt.  You can help them out too by visiting their store and buying something as well.  Come on Tesla Motors, hurry up the cakes!  There’s no reason why we shouldn’t all be driving electric cars fueled solely on FREE energy from solar panels on our rooftops.  No reason.