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$15 BILLION BAILOUT

So cup in hand the auto executives have gotten their wish. Maybe it’s Congress that should be care-full what it wishes for. The restructuring of the auto industry so we all get the cars we want. But what is it we do want? Do we want the hyped car they are convincing us we want the CHEVY VOLT? Are we stuck on stupid? How is it better to cut the tops off our mountains with giant earth movers, transport mile long trains full of coal to extremely polluting coal fired power plants so we can plug in our Chevy Volt for 6 hours to drive it 20 miles? I realize the worlds supply of oil is finite but it’s best suited for personal transportation. Wouldn’t it be better to power our “CLEAN DIESEL” with 10 gallons of oil from a hole in the ground and drive 60o miles with a car that has good heat, air conditioning, and performance all while emitting far less green house gas then the VOLT? We talking about a efficiency differential of 100%. The Chevy Volt will get its energy from a 18% efficient polluting power plant. The Clean Diesel will get about 40% efficiency. Why is it the men entrusted to our best interests seem to either be corrupt or inept?  I for one would rather see windmills on top of mountains, not treeless flat wastelands that leach toxins into our rivers while sending CO2 into our atmosphere. We should be care-full what we wish for because to get to 100 years from now the transition should be what works, not more of the same.

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