Analysis: Ford CEO 'Green' Road Trip to Cost $23,000 in Lost Wages
It may have been nothing but a publicity stunt, but it didnâ€™t come cheap for Ford Motor Company CEO Alan R. Mulally.
After being embarrassed in front of a congressional committee for flying in a private jet to ask Congress for a bailout, Mulally revealed he would make the 525-mile trip from
Macke, using AAA data, determined that making the trip in the Ford Escape Hybrid it would cost $30.42 in gas, $9 for two stops for food (McDonaldâ€™s and Dunkinâ€™ Donuts), $21.25 in tolls and an astounding $23,424.66 in lost wages for Mulally, who made $22 million last year in salary. Thatâ€™s slightly higher than the $20,000 it would cost to charter a private jet according to Macke.
â€śSo your total - $23,485.33 â€“ give or take just for the Kabuki theater of everyone getting into the Escalon (sic) for the worst road trip in the history of man,â€ť Macke said. â€śNo fun is had by anyone. An intern suffers, maybe dies of bladder poisoning and you do this all because Nancy Pelosi thinks youâ€™re green.â€ť
Ratigan pointed out all three executives of the big three automakers â€“ Fordâ€™s Mulally, General Motorsâ€™ Richard Wagoner and Chryslerâ€™s Robert Nardelli could have flown Southwest Airlines from Detroit to Washington for under $1,000. However, Southwest only flies to Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI) â€“ some 45 minutes away from the U.S. Capitol.
However, to make the comparison fair, an Internet search revealed U.S. Airways is offering airfares as low $97 for a one-way direct hour-and-33-minute flight departing from Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) to Washington-Reagan National Airport (DCA). Washington-Reagan is a 4.5-mile, $11-cab ride to the U.S. Capitol, according to the airportâ€™s Web site. That would result in roughly two hours of lost wages â€“ or $5,205.48 versus the $23,424.66 lost by making the nine-hour â€śgreenâ€ť road trip.