Re: Ready for a declaration of energy independence?
- Some of us are often accused of "bashing", over-criticizing and
In fact, often the opposite is true. While a few board members and
managers and perhaps a few others at GM have unforgiveably thrown away
the decent-and-better work that has often been done by GM engineers
and assemblers and sales personnel, a few of us critics have attempted
to shed light on what was going on. When they have thrown away the
leigitmate existing interest expressed by potential customers, some of
us have attempted to shed light on what was going on.
Our reward for this has often been to suffer unwarranted criticism
ourselves, but it bothers us not only to see great cars and
opportunities thrown away, but once-great companies needlessly
scuttled under the weight of management priorities that are evidently
at odds with the future of the company.
One of the guilty parties in the loss of the EV1, in my view, were
overly-compliant Union leaders who did not raise their voices loudly
(enough) when the company turned aside desperate pleas by customers to
be allowed to buy Union-Made GM EV1s. Instead the company destroyed
This horrific anti-customer anti-worker anti-shareholder anti-company
action by GM should have triggered a much higher level of protest from
Union Leaders. GM management should not be allowed or encouraged
needlessly to destroy union-made products, or turn aside cash offers
for union-made products or needlessly dismantle production capacity in
towns where Union workers are ready, willing and anxious to make
products for customers who are ready, willing and anxious to buy them.
While gauging customer demand and overall business viability of a
project is a matter of guaging degree, I think the proponents of the
EV1 have shed sufficient light on GM Management's dishonest
shennanigans at the time such that Union Leaders could have
investigated decision-making at the time and demanded better
decision-making from management. They would not have got that better
decision-making (I think GM's top-management intentions seemed
arguably clear since the late 90s, if not the mid-90s or even
1990-and-prior, to some of us). Nonetheless, they would have been
doing their jobs in a manner more-worthy of the people they are
Anyway, not all management is the same and not all Unions are the
same. Almost invariablly when I raise the issue of Union Leaders at
GM, I am met with some irrelevant overly-generalized take on Unions in
general. I am talking about Union Leaders at GM because they had a
role to play in the EV1 saga, and they went AWOL, in that saga.
More broadly, as to the allegations that some of us have been
overly-bashing GM, if the company goes bankrupt, I and many other
critics will be able to say that we did what we could, while there was
still time, to raise the alarm of inconsistent management which
(strongly) evidenced having inappropriate and higher priorities than
the company's viability, profitability and shareholder value.
[Default] On Fri, 4 Jul 2008 10:30:34 -0700 (PDT), Eddie
>Here is the short letter submitted to media in the Columbus, OH
>area, which if published might raise awareness that there are
>alternatives out there. Hopefully it will be perceived as
>constructive rather than criticism of GM, one of their bread and
>Much has been written in recent weeks about the possible causes
>of the skyrocketing oil prices. Did you know that the auto
>companies produced highway capable electric vehicles in the early
>1990s? How much less oil would we require from our enemies if we
>IMMEDIATELY begin replacing 25-50,000 vehicles per month with a
>highway capable electric car?
>Why doesn't GM offer a highway capable electric vehicle that
>meets the needs of over 75% of the population using proven
>technology? Might it be that an oil company controls the patent
>rights to the battery technology that allowed these vehicles to
>go about 100 miles per charge? Or is it because 60% of GM's stock
>is reportedly held by companies setup by oil companies to
>indirectly control the product mix of the automotive companies?
>GM, please resume production of the EV1 vehicle at one of your
>many idled auto plants using your many out-of-work auto workers
>so we can jump start our economy by beginning to move off oil!
>Please refuse to bow to pressure of the oil companies and keep
>working on your next generation VOLT that will meet the needs of
>100% of every car buyer in 2011!
>Eddie Rowe Westerville, OH
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- [Default] On Sat, 05 Jul 2008 13:12:39 -0700, murdoch
>Anyway, not all management is the same and not all Unions are theThis was overly harsh on my part. I should not have said that GM
>same. Almost invariablly when I raise the issue of Union Leaders at
>GM, I am met with some irrelevant overly-generalized take on Unions in
>general. I am talking about Union Leaders at GM because they had a
>role to play in the EV1 saga, and they went AWOL, in that saga.
Union Leaders were "AWOL" with regard to the GM EV1 Scuttling since
I'm not sure of this. I just didn't hear much from them, and I think
we all should have heard more. It is possible that they tried to do
their jobs and raise the alarm that the company was choosing to
scuttle Union-Made products that customers wanted. Unfortuantely, if
they tried to do their job, it did not come across to many of us.
If a company has products which are popular with customers and
workers, and which overcome botched marketing, botched Gen1 efforts,
delayed delivery times and exceedingly limited availability, then I
think it's appropriate for not only the customers but for Union
Leaders to join with everyone and ask, loudly and clearly:
Why the hell is the company trying so hard to prevent that product
from having a working example in existence, in public, for anyone to