, alternative fuels and environmental protection.
Instead of giving handouts to Big Oil, we need to be investing in our priorities here in America, including
morecomprehensive mass-transit systems and
more fuel-efficient vehicles that will give people more options and save moneyon commuting.
Furthermore, the oil companies should have to invest more of those profits in alternative-fuel research and development sothat we turn the page on dependence on foreign oil.
This long-term approach will take real policy change and a different setof priorities that value people and families over corporations.
The oil companies are obviously comfortable with "business asusual" at the expense of consumers. Instead of giving billions more in taxpayer handouts to oil companies that are already making billions, weneed to be investing in America's priorities.
Without Federal incentives the auto industry will continue to block fuel-efficient vehicleimprovements or and increase in standards
(columnist with the Boston Globe)
2008 “Foresight lacking”, The Record,http://news.therecord.com/Opinions/article/366219
As Asian automakers focused on smaller, fuel-efficient cars,
Detroit kept feeding American delusions of unbridled power andlimitless privilege
. In 2002, GM vice-chairman Bob Lutz extolled the Hummer as "luxury in the sense of acquiring more capability thanyou will likely ever need."
The automakers have bitterly fought U.S. federal and state efforts toward stringent standardsfor fuel efficiency and emissions. They keep trying to fit the round peg of fuel efficiency in a square hole of "smaller" Hummers and hybrid Tahoes and Yukons
. Two years ago, GM offered to reimburse some new car buyers for anygasoline they purchased over $1.99 a gallon. In 2005, Lutz boasted that he and Wagoner were putting their resources "where we've got positivemomentum, which is basically ... Cadillac, Hummer, and GMC." Later that same year, Lutz voiced confidence that the slumping SUV marketwould rebound because, "I'm betting we're going to see regular under $2 a gallon again." This winter, Lutz went so far as to call globalwarming, of which SUVs have become America's symbol of denial, "a crock of (expletive deleted)."
The lack of American vision wasmade complete last month as Asian automakers outsold Detroit for the first time in history