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GM and Heartland

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General Motors is feeling some heat for its support of the Heartland Institute and their extremist climate change denying agenda. It’s sad to see GM working with these extremists, but it’s not surprising. The auto companies fear changes in American transportation habits as much as the petroleum companies fear wind energy. GM could work harder to corner the marker in energy-efficient cars, but by pricing the Chevy Volt so high ($40,000 before any tax credits), it has severely depressed demand.

I’m not exactly surprised to see GM management make stupid mistakes as they are with the Volt and Heartland, but given their willingness to keep at least some union jobs in the U.S., I wish they were smarter.

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