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Old 01-29-2008, 01:57 PM   #1
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Camaro cost will go up!?

Just ran into this. Not sure its been posted. Looks like we will be effected :(
No specification on how much prices will go up but looking at all the factors he stated it seems significant.

http://money.cnn.com/2008/01/29/auto...ion=2008012914
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Old 01-29-2008, 03:01 PM   #2
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First, thanks for the article. Interesting read.

Second, it's way too early to tell what will happen.

Finally, I'm confident the Camaro will be pricedly competively with the Mustang and Challenger, and it would be silly to think GM would price it out of the range of the enthusiast.

Don't worry. Do you really think GM would price what is surely to be a HUGE winner for them too high for the average enthusiast to afford? The answer is "NO".
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This is an across the board kind of thing. More like industry-wide inflation rather than GM suddenly shooting way upmarket.
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Auto manufacturers love to 'leak' doom-and-gloom type information like this. Then when the next year's models come out and the prices only go up a small amount, they get to look like they're doing us a favor. :P
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Won't be TOO terrible. People still need to buy cars - and the people will get uber-pissed if they can't buy 'em.
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First, thanks for the article. Interesting read.

Second, it's way too early to tell what will happen.

Finally, I'm confident the Camaro will be pricedly competively with the Mustang and Challenger, and it would be silly to think GM would price it out of the range of the enthusiast.

Don't worry. Do you really think GM would price what is surely to be a HUGE winner for them too high for the average enthusiast to afford? The answer is "NO".
These factors will effect all Manufactures, Ford, Dodge, Chevy, Toyota, Honda. all cars will be affected.

And when Hilary or Obama get in office watch Taxes on the Oil go up (Obama and Hilary both support Taxing oil to meet current Euro oil prices) yes 7.00 per gal, The europians pay the same price for oil as we do remember it traided on the world stock market, there Taxes are huge to fund a sub standard healthcare system.

Taxes on V8 Engines that pollute the air, (Obama said this in an interview a few months back) We already have this one, just look at the 2005 GTO Auto window sticker, it will go higher, this will force people to stop buying V8's and in turn stop Manufactures from building them.
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These factors will effect all Manufactures, Ford, Dodge, Chevy, Toyota, Honda. all cars will be affected.

And when Hilary or Obama get in office watch Taxes on the Oil go up (Obama and Hilary both support Taxing oil to meet current Euro oil prices) yes 7.00 per gal, The europians pay the same price for oil as we do remember it traided on the world stock market, there Taxes are huge to fund a sub standard healthcare system.

Taxes on V8 Engines that pollute the air, (Obama said this in an interview a few months back) We already have this one, just look at the 2005 GTO Auto window sticker, it will go higher, this will force people to stop buying V8's and in turn stop Manufactures from building them.
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One of the big stump speeches for the Dems this election is exactly this. Now I'm not gonna say the Reps are much better. They've been in the house since before Clinton (until this last mid term election) and didn't do anything to move us away from foreign oil. Now The dems have openly stated that gas taxes and luxury vehicle taxes are one way they'd like to increase federal revenue. AKA raise taxes.
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These factors will effect all Manufactures, Ford, Dodge, Chevy, Toyota, Honda. all cars will be affected.

And when Hilary or Obama get in office watch Taxes on the Oil go up (Obama and Hilary both support Taxing oil to meet current Euro oil prices) yes 7.00 per gal, The europians pay the same price for oil as we do remember it traided on the world stock market, there Taxes are huge to fund a sub standard healthcare system.

Taxes on V8 Engines that pollute the air, (Obama said this in an interview a few months back) We already have this one, just look at the 2005 GTO Auto window sticker, it will go higher, this will force people to stop buying V8's and in turn stop Manufactures from building them.
Actually, I believe that the money is generally spent on mass transit systems and clean energy sources. In effect, they use the ones who pollute to help clean things up. Quite elegant in my opinion
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One of the big stump speeches for the Dems this election is exactly this. Now I'm not gonna say the Reps are much better. They've been in the house since before Clinton (until this last mid term election) and didn't do anything to move us away from foreign oil. Now The dems have openly stated that gas taxes and luxury vehicle taxes are one way they'd like to increase federal revenue. AKA raise taxes.
Yup,
the gas guzzler tax that exist today under A Democratic Administration will tripple, and that will include the Mustang, Challenger, Charger and Camaro. any car that does not meet the CAFE standards.

The Republicans have spending issues as well but refuse to raise taxes. The Democrats will spend the same but will tax you for it. Unfortunatly the Middleclass tends to take the hit from the Dems. With Republicans Are Kids are taking the Hit to try to figure out how to pay for there spending.
As A Conservative I have had big issues with the Bush presidencies, Sr. and Jr. they were both Big governemt spenders, I on the other hand want a Smaller Government and I want it out of my life, I want more freedoms not less, I want the States to control more of the day to day things like education, social services, ect. Why is this the responsability of the federal government? I am all for a more limited roll of the feds and give my state and my senator more say so about issues that effect us, then they would be more interested in helping their constituants and less on the Lobbyists.

Wow I am sorry about this rant, I was a History Major in College and I loved American History so this is a subject that I am very passionate about.

Oh and BTW yes we need alternative fuel but until then......
DRILL IN ANWAR Lets make our own Oil and stop buying from the Middle East. Allow Oil companies to build Refineries again, after 20 years I think we could build better, cleaner and more effient ones now...
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Actually, I believe that the money is generally spent on mass transit systems and clean energy sources. In effect, they use the ones who pollute to help clean things up. Quite elegant in my opinion
It may work that way in Canada, but here in US of A nope, Like the promise of social security and other gimmie entitalments they get pillaged by congress and run up the debt flag pole. Our Federal Governmet does nothing for Mass transit, the EPA does do some good work for the environment but all these federal agencies cost 10 times more than they should. America has a huge spending problem, we have to many people and not enough resources or exports anymore.

Canada has about the same land mass as the states but only have 33 million people, we are topping over 305 million. do you realise that is half of the entire Population of europe, I don't know how we can do it for much longer.
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Allow Oil companies to build Refineries again, after 20 years I think we could build better, cleaner and more efficient ones now...
I didn't know they did not allow it, with all the news/history I read how did I miss this? I agree, do it right and let us drill again WHILE moving aggressively away from the middle eastern tit we American's love to suck on...lol.

2K05GT...yup, we got serious problems here...it's time we get our heads out of the sand and confront this stuff before things get worse.

FYI, I saw a Shelby Stang today and it looked really good. The Mustang to me, is like Madonna (sometimes (back in the day more so) she looked very good looking and other times a bit scary looking, lol).
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Ah, hell....another Political thread...damn.

Whatever - Although I think what the dems are doing is rather extreme....It's a million times better the the alternative of being caught with our pants down in the energy field....All of a sudden - prices start rising...more, and more, at a faster rate than currently...
I have no idea what the future holds - but doing something is better than sitting in those cushy seats in congress, and just 'riding' it out...This is an entirely different ride from the 70's....entirely different........
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These factors will effect all Manufactures, Ford, Dodge, Chevy, Toyota, Honda. all cars will be affected.
I realize that. The original question was regarding the Camaro. I understand that all auto manufacturers will be affected.

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And when Hilary or Obama get in office watch Taxes on the Oil go up (Obama and Hilary both support Taxing oil to meet current Euro oil prices) yes 7.00 per gal, The europians pay the same price for oil as we do remember it traided on the world stock market, there Taxes are huge to fund a sub standard healthcare system.
They haven't been elected yet, nor is their election "a given".

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Taxes on V8 Engines that pollute the air, (Obama said this in an interview a few months back) We already have this one, just look at the 2005 GTO Auto window sticker, it will go higher, this will force people to stop buying V8's and in turn stop Manufactures from building them.
People will never stop buying V8's nor will manufacturers stop building them. Every manufacturer offers a "displacement on demand" type of V8. There will always be a demand, whether its from business owners; enthusiasts; etc.. Granted, there will be a higher cost associated, but to believe the public will stop buying V8's, and manufacturers will stop building them is not realistic.
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It may work that way in Canada, but here in US of A nope, Like the promise of social security and other gimmie entitalments they get pillaged by congress and run up the debt flag pole. Our Federal Governmet does nothing for Mass transit, the EPA does do some good work for the environment but all these federal agencies cost 10 times more than they should. America has a huge spending problem, we have to many people and not enough resources or exports anymore.

Canada has about the same land mass as the states but only have 33 million people, we are topping over 305 million. do you realise that is half of the entire Population of europe, I don't know how we can do it for much longer.
I was referring to the comment about how the Europeans spend their money.

And while I won't get too far into a discussion of geo-politics and economics on a car forum, I will say the following. You want resources?We can give you all the lumber you want, and water, and diamonds, and more and more and more. You flash the cash, and we'll get it for you. Canada can supply all the oil you ever want. It is estimated that we have 8x the reserves that the Saudis have, more than all the OPEC nations have combined, though our current recoverable amount is only about 2/3 that of the Saudis. But in reality, its believed to be about double the entire worlds proven, recoverable reserves. You want oil? we will dig up an area the size of Florida to get it for you. Yes, its that big.

You want to know how you can keep going? You can reduce what you use. That goes for everything, not just oil. If you are concerned about having too much of a trade deficit, are afraid of paying for middle easter dictatorships or terrorists, don't want to support the Chinese, and don't want to pay $7/gal for gas? All those problems can be avoided by consuming less. buy fewer TV's, buy fewer cars, buy less gas, buy less ipods, cell phones, and so on. Consumerism is the problem. The fact that Americans (and Canadians, and the west in general) believe that all of our luxury items that we take for granted are actually rightfully ours. We have the right to throw out cell phones every year, because a new one just came on the market. There is nothing at all wrong with the old one, except that its 1 year old. Cars like our beloved Camaro are a complete waste of resources, fuel, material, and time. They exist only to make us feel good, and to make money for corporations, but they are soo wasteful. 80% of cars on the road at any given time should be SmartCars or similar. Then everyone use their trucks, SUV's, and large cars only for when they are needed. Going to work, by yourself, is the #1 use for cars by a wide margin. To do that, all you need is a SmartCar, actually all you need is a moped, providing that the climate is suitable

But if cities were laid out better, we wouldn't need cars to get to work. if the population density were just a bit higher, large scale mass transit would actually be effective. Suburbs are the cause of this problem. A little slice of land for every family, and a car or two in every driveway. Chopping down the trees, then naming the streets after them.

Don't take this the wrong way, I'm gonna buy a Camaro and probably live in a suburb, and drive it to work every day, get my paycheck so I can buy new toys. The point is, is that it will take a massive change in the minds of the people to go to a sustainable way of living. It can't be forced by governments. It can't be engineered. It comes from you and me and everyone around us deciding to live with less. And that ain't gonna happen for a long time. If there are many replies to this, I suggest a thread split.
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Yeah, I really wouldn't mind higher gasoline taxes if it meant better public transportation and better roads. I mean that's only fair. But sadly most government agencies just waste their money and spend more on the bureaucracy than actual operations. The money is always misappropriated. I mean I pay 17% of my earnings into social security every week, and I won't see a dime of it.
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well when Hillary or Obama get into office if they do raise gas prices i say a quick fix is truckers going on strike, were depend on them for the stuff that shows up in our grocery stores, department stores, and everywhere else (unless they happen to be built by a railroad or port) so if the truckers don't work they lose a lot of the stuff they use/need on a daily basis of course so do we but can fight it if we can't drive anywhere anyway at $7 a gallon but whatever
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^You know what? You are d@mn straight. Our nation DOES depend on our truckers. I don't think those guys are going to have any type of union. But, sending the message that they can't afford the gas to drive the cargo from point A to point B would (if done by all), would definitely send a message to congress.....as this country would get hit with a major traffic jam. That is NO joke.
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Yeah, I really wouldn't mind higher gasoline taxes if it meant better public transportation and better roads. I mean that's only fair. But sadly most government agencies just waste their money and spend more on the bureaucracy than actual operations. The money is always misappropriated. I mean I pay 17% of my earnings into social security every week, and I won't see a dime of it.
I'm going to have to politely disagree.

You kinda contradict yourself. You are willing to pay higher taxes to get better roads and at the same time acknowledge the government mismanages the money it already has. What makes you think giving them more money will make the situation better? Or that the money you give them will be spent on what you want it to be.

This is the blood boiling issue for me. We acknowledge that government can't manage money but we are willing to give em more of our hard earned income to try and bail them out? If my child is irresponsible with something I don't give her more. I take it away.

The only road ways the federal government is responsible for is the interstate system. Other than that it is the states responsibility to maintain all other roads.
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^You know what? You are d@mn straight. Our nation DOES depend on our truckers. I don't think those guys are going to have any type of union. But, sending the message that they can't afford the gas to drive the cargo from point A to point B would (if done by all), would definitely send a message to congress.....as this country would get hit with a major traffic jam. That is NO joke.
I'm not sure this will work. I may be speaking out of my butt. (been known to happen) I think truckers get a big tax break on operating costs if they own the truck. If they drive a company truck I think the company pays the gas... I'm not sure. I wish it would work

We really need to push back on the politicians to get this moving in a better direction. MPG is important. But the problem is foreign oil. The same people who hate us because we are Americans control the oil.
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Canada can supply all the oil you ever want. It is estimated that we have 8x the reserves that the Saudis have, more than all the OPEC nations have combined, though our current recoverable amount is only about 2/3 that of the Saudis. But in reality, its believed to be about double the entire worlds proven, recoverable reserves. You want oil? we will dig up an area the size of Florida to get it for you. Yes, its that big.

If there are many replies to this, I suggest a thread split.
Agree, This has gotten Way But is fun

But The Canadians do have a huge Oil Field, larger than the middle east, there just sitting back waiting for the Middle east to dry up, then BAM..
The Canadians will all be Billionairs buying castles in europe, each and every canadian will be millionsairs over night because of the overflow on money into the community. Then they will turn Vancouver Island and Newfoundland into resort Islands, then they will negotiate the Purchase of Michigan to wipe out our debt. Then the Canaidian flag will replace the Maple leaf with a $
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I didn't know they did not allow it, with all the news/history I read how did I miss this? I agree, do it right and let us drill again WHILE moving aggressively away from the middle eastern tit we American's love to suck on...lol..
Here is an article about some of the reasons why congress won't lift the BAN on New Refineries and Drilling off our coasts.
http://money.cnn.com/2007/04/17/news...ries/index.htm

Meanwhile the last refinery was built in 1976, and these are the most inefficient and most polluting in the world. Counties like france and Kuwait have the best and most efficient ones in the world. Since 1976 america has lost over 100 refineries most during the 90's. in 1992 50 were closed and 1995 20 more were shut down. But no new ones were built so we have the capability to create Fuel at less levels than we did in 1976. Does this make since?
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I found this speech from Mr. Bob Lutz on another forum, and it's somewhat related to this discussion;



“Five Things I Think I Think”
Remarks by Robert A. Lutz
Automotive News World Congress
Marriott Hotel GM Renaissance Center
Detroit, Michigan
January 23, 2008


Thanks and good evening, everyone. It’s a pleasure to be back at the
Automotive News World Congress.
It’s been five years since I’ve spoken here, which seems unbelievable to me, but
it’s true. Back in ’03, I predicted that the automotive industry was on the cusp of a
New Golden Age… then proceeded to explain how the New Golden Age wasn’t
going to look much like the Old Golden Ages.
To my credit, I didn’t say exactly when this was going to happen…
Obviously, we’re not reveling in the throes of a Golden Age at the moment… But
it’s not chopped liver, either. I would argue that the industry is in much better
shape than it was five years ago, and that General Motors is in a lot better shape
too. Our cars and trucks have improved, and we just had our second best sales
year ever, with growth in total and in three of four regions of the world.
I would also argue that this industry is on the cusp of major change — for the
better — and it’s going to look radically different in the future as a result, although
it will be for reasons none of us imagined five years ago.
So, tonight, I’m going to tell you what I think… about a lot of things.
And the reason for that is simple: Over the past week or two, with the Detroit
show and accompanying hoopla, I’ve been asked more times than I can count,
“Hey, Bob, what do you think about this? What do you think about that?”
I’ve done a lot of media interviews, obviously, and so I’d get the question there,
but I also got it from friends and colleagues on the show floor or at various
events. “What do you think?”
Well, tonight, I’m going to tell you “Five Things I Think I Think.”


And the first one is one I’m going to get out of the way right away, before any of
you has a chance to say, “Hey Bob, what do you think about ‘Global Sales
Leadership’?”
And the answer is: I don’t think about it. And the answer would be the same
whether today’s numbers said General Motors is Number One, or Number Two…
or tied!
Last time I checked, being the biggest or second-biggest automaker on the
planet had absolutely no effect whatsoever on your P&L statement, your share
price, or your market cap. It has nothing to do with it.
Would we like to be the world’s largest automaker? Sure! Who wouldn’t? Will we
continue to fight tooth and nail for every possible sale this year and beyond in the
hopes of doing so? Absolutely.
However, the bottom line is, we are running the business in the best interest of
the customers, employees and shareholders. Period. And that’s what we’ll
continue to do, no matter what.
Besides, there seems to be some hostility generated by some in the American
media and academia toward Number One, because to them, the biggest
corporation is obviously the “baddest” corporation.
So I feel like for the last 76 years we’ve been like the guy at the county fair with
his head poking through the rubber sheet and people throwing pies at him. If it’s
time to pull our head out of that rubber sheet, wipe our eyes and our hair and let
somebody else catch some pie in the face for awhile, so be it.
By the way, I prefer lemon meringue.
OK? On to number two on the list of things I think I think, and that is this: “The
Detroit show was not lacking buzz.”
I couldn’t believe some of the post-show write-ups that characterized it as
“lackluster” or “without its usual buzz.”
How can you possibly not find any buzz at an auto show that includes so many
examples of the world’s most advanced propulsion technology … and a 620-hp
Corvette … and a 550-hp Cadillac… and two significant full size pickup debuts…
not to mention a city street full of longhorn cattle — some of whom were clearly
very close friends?
I’m sorry, but there’s no explanation other than the fact that this is another case
of some members of the media displaying – if you’ll pardon the expression at this
juncture – a herd mentality.





I talked to an awful lot of journalists during the show, and I heard very, very few
of them, individually, say this year’s show was sub-par. And yet, collectively, in
print, many ran stories bemoaning the lack of enthusiasm and the dearth of
show-stopping vehicles.
Some of them complained that in these troubled times of over-dependence on
foreign oil and increasing fuel economy standards, dumb old Detroit is still
showing nothing but new pickups and gobs of horsepower — how woefully
behind the times!
Well, that’s not what I see. I see companies working hard to move the ball down
the field on advanced technologies, and I see companies at the same time giving
customers what they want.
People still have need for trucks in this country. People still buy them for work.
People still want them to haul boats and horse trailers. Everyone is not going to
suddenly switch into Smart Cars, or Saturn Astras, or tiny little pickups, unless
they suddenly decide to haul tiny little horse trailers carrying tiny little horses.
And as for high-performance vehicles, as I said at the show, there is plenty of
room in the global automotive market for green and mean. The Corvette ZR1 and
Cadillac CTS-V, in fact, both captured major awards for Best in Show and I don’t
think we’ll have much trouble finding people who want to buy them.
Now I’m not saying that everyone in the press is short-sighted on this issue—
don’t get me wrong. On the contrary, I think the majority of them understand that
the market is broad enough for this.
Most of them get the fact that just because the grocery store is greatly expanding
its line of organically grown vegetables, it doesn’t mean that it shuts down the
meat counter.
Which brings me to my third assertion, and that is “Consumer behavior is difficult
to change, and it when it does change, it takes time, and a darn good reason.”
For example… look at the differences in automotive purchase behavior between
Europeans and Americans, which is basically dictated by the price of gasoline.
Take a Chevrolet Cobalt entry-level model here in North America, and a
premium, loaded Opel Astra in Europe with six-speed, leather upholstery and
power everything.
Here are two cars basically off the same architecture. One sells here for around
$13,000 and frankly, it’s not breaking any sales records, even at that price. The
other sells for more than $30,000 and it’s Europe’s second-largest selling car.


Why is that? Well, it’s because Europeans, at their fuel prices, are willing to pay
premium prices for premium small cars that deliver terrific fuel economy.
That is not the case here in America, land of the big truck and big horse.
Nor will it magically become the case once the fleet we offer for sale hits a 35-
mile-per-gallon average. It will only be the case if gas prices rise sharply to
levels near what they’re paying in Europe.
We refuse to let the price of fuel rise gradually in the U.S., and therefore we fail
to induce change in consumer behavior. If for the last 15 years we’d had a slow
but sure rise in federal fuel taxation of 15 cents a gallon per year… that would
have gradually put the customer in the equation.
Every time people look for a new vehicle, they would think, ‘Hey, how much am I
paying for gasoline? Is it perhaps time to go to a slightly smaller vehicle?’
We could have, over time and without any federal fuel-economy regulation, used
the market mechanism to gradually transition the American public into a vehicle
mix that looks a lot more like Europe’s, smaller and more diesel-oriented.
I’m not advocating tax hikes or calling for higher fuel prices, I’m just explaining
the difference between the European fleet and our own.
And in America, instead of raising fuel prices, we’ll end up having to raise new
vehicle prices, because of the increased use of lightweight materials and fuelsaving
technology. And that, in turn, is going to cause people to hang on to the
vehicles they have longer and so it will take that much longer to roll over the fleet
on the road today, which is exactly counter to the intended effect.
And if the intended effect is to lower our dependence on petroleum and imported
oil, well, it won’t do that either.
Which brings us to the fourth thing I think I think: “The best route to a significant
near-term reduction in petroleum usage is E85.”
It’s just common sense! As I said, you don’t roll over the whole fleet at once. It
takes decades… and the bigger the price disparity between the old ones and the
new ones, the longer it takes.
I kept getting the question at the show… if GM is so gung ho on electrified
vehicles and hybrids and fuel cells, then why this emphasis on E85? Why the
deal with Coskata? They’d ask, “Which of these technologies are you really for?”
And I’d say, “Yes!”



(continued)


As Rick Wagoner said at the show, several times, the answer is we are for all of
the above, but ethanol and biofuels are the best near-term solution. Yes, we
continue to work on electrically driven vehicles, as fast as we can, but
realistically, they are going to take many years to be on the road in volumes that
make much of a dent in petroleum usage.
We need to make more of an impact on petroleum usage, more quickly than that.
We already have millions of flex-fuel vehicles on the road right now… more than
6 million in the U.S. alone… vehicles that could be running on ethanol, if it were
more readily available.
In fact, as Rick said, if all the flex-fuel vehicles that GM, Ford, and Chrysler have
committed to have on the road by 2020… were to run on ethanol, we could
displace 29 billion gallons of gasoline annually… or 18 percent of the projected
petroleum usage at that time.
And if all manufacturers in the U.S. made that same commitment, we could save
53 billion gallons of gasoline annually… or 32 percent of our petroleum usage.
Nothing else we can do… gets even close to that kind of impact, that soon.
What’s more, ethanol offers a cleaner alternative to petroleum… it’s adaptable to
our refueling infrastructure… it doesn’t have to be imported… and it requires little
change in that pesky subject I mentioned earlier: consumer behavior.
Now, that said, let me tell you the fifth and final item on the list: “Electrically
driven vehicles powered by lithium ion batteries represent the long term future of
the automobile industry.”
A year ago, everyone was saying, ‘What’s GM doing with this car that’s allegedly
going to run on lithium ion batteries, which we all know won’t work in a car?’ Fast
forward to this year, and we saw no fewer than five automotive companies at the
show with concepts that are purported to either someday run on lithium ion
batteries, or a lithium ion propulsion system that’s just around the corner.
But remember, not all lithium ion technology is created equal. It’s like beer.
Some people say beer tastes bad. But there are many different types… you’ve
got pilsner, ale, stout, wheat beer… some beers are better than others.
Just because somebody says one particular lithium ion technology is a little bit
aggressive and it’s been known to cause thermal problems, does not mean they
all do. Some approaches are better than others, and the technology is
advancing every day. Just recently scientists at Stanford presented technology
using nanosilicon wires in the lithium ion mix that offers 10 times the energy
storage. That would make a 40-mile-range become 400 miles, in theory.



This and other advancements may be years away, in reality, but we’re going to
be ready, because we’re developing the vehicles, the drive systems, the
electronic control technology… today.
We are going to be ready, more ready than anyone else is going to be, when the
battery technology is beyond what it is right now. And then you’re going to see,
gradually but emphatically, the auto industry enter a whole new age.
That’s what I think, anyway.

Thank you for your kind attention.
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I'm going to have to politely disagree.

You kinda contradict yourself. You are willing to pay higher taxes to get better roads and at the same time acknowledge the government mismanages the money it already has. What makes you think giving them more money will make the situation better? Or that the money you give them will be spent on what you want it to be.

This is the blood boiling issue for me. We acknowledge that government can't manage money but we are willing to give em more of our hard earned income to try and bail them out? If my child is irresponsible with something I don't give her more. I take it away.

The only road ways the federal government is responsible for is the interstate system. Other than that it is the states responsibility to maintain all other roads.
Actually you're saying the same thing I am. I'm saying that in concept, paying gas taxes wouldn't be bad IF all the money got to where it was supposed to, but the fact is it doesn't, which is why I'm against taxes. So we're on the same page there. Cheers!
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Actually you're saying the same thing I am. I'm saying that in concept, paying gas taxes wouldn't be bad IF all the money got to where it was supposed to, but the fact is it doesn't, which is why I'm against taxes. So we're on the same page there. Cheers!
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