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GM Must Remake the Mass Transit System It Murdered

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GM Must Remake the Mass Transit System It Murdered


by: Harvey Wasserman, Common Dreams

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Light rail in Denver, Colorado. (Photo:

    Bail out General Motors? The people who murdered our mass transit system?

    First let them remake what they destroyed.

    GM responded to the 1970s gas crisis by handing over the American market to energy-efficient Toyota and Honda.

    GM met the rise of the hybrids with "light trucks."

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    GM built a small electric car, leased a pilot fleet to consumers who loved it, and then forcibly confiscated and trashed them all.

    GM now wants to market a $40,000 electric Volt that looks like a cross between a Hummer and a Cadillac and will do nothing to meet the Solartopian needs of a green-powered Earth.

    For this alone, GM's managers should never be allowed to make another car, let alone take our tax money to stay in business.

    But there is also a trillion-dollar skeleton in GM's closet.

    This is the company that murdered our mass transit system.

    The assertion comes from Bradford Snell, a government researcher whose definitive report damning GM has been a vehicular lightening rod since its 1974 debut. Its attackers and defenders are legion. But some facts are irrefutable:

    In a 1922 memo that will live in infamy, GM President Alfred P. Sloan established a unit aimed at dumping electrified mass transit in favor of gas-burning cars, trucks and buses.

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GM is responsible for millions of deaths, both dir... by wagelaborer on Monday, Nov 17, 2008 at 5:33:28 PM
I feel the same about GM. Unfortunately, we need G... by martinweiss on Monday, Nov 17, 2008 at 7:08:11 PM
So are the workers and communities. Why not rebui... by sometimes blinded on Monday, Nov 17, 2008 at 8:14:08 PM
I don't want unemployment.  As I said, I&... by wagelaborer on Monday, Nov 17, 2008 at 11:26:42 PM
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there are trolleys everywhere. they cost a few cen... by martinweiss on Tuesday, Nov 18, 2008 at 12:51:35 AM
GM BUILT THE CARS AMERICAN DEMANDED, WE ARE THE BL... by rich racer on Tuesday, Nov 18, 2008 at 8:03:23 AM
Imagine if someone gave you the task of coming up ... by Doug Rogers on Tuesday, Nov 18, 2008 at 1:20:04 PM
Yup, those who are concerned about the plight of t... by Jill Herendeen on Tuesday, Nov 18, 2008 at 1:20:38 PM
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