NBC: 'Green' Vehicles the Key to Detroit's Rebirth
What happens when you take one of the nationâ€™s poorest major cities and combine it with the mediaâ€™s enviro-hysteria? According to NBC â€śNightly News,â€ť you get the solution to the once-great city of
â€ś[W]ith gas prices up and global warming at the forefront, Americans are looking for better mileage and cleaner cars these days,â€ť said NBC â€śNightly Newsâ€ť anchor Brian Williams, broadcasting on July 24 from
NBC correspondent Kevin Tibbles, doing his best impersonation of Michael Moore in a British hospital, asked Sue Cischke, senior vice president of Ford Motor Company, â€śso, where do you put the gas?â€ť about a car the runs on hydrogen and electricity and part of Fordâ€™s â€śexperimental green fleet of the future.â€ť
Tibblesâ€™ report embraced General Motors Vice President Bob Lutz for his rhetoric about creating â€śgreenerâ€ť vehicles. â€śAnd while analysts predict it could take five years for Detroit to pull even [with Japan in the production of hybrid vehicles], Lutz doesnâ€™t think itâ€™s too little, too late,â€ť Tibbles said.
Lutz was once demonized by media critics for downplaying the auto industryâ€™s role in carbon emissions, writing that the vehicles worldwide actually account for 0.4 percent of total global carbon dioxide. â€śIt is simply wrong to continually single out the mobile sector as the major culprit,â€ť Lutz wrote in a letter to the Detroit News on Dec. 14, 2006.
Yet, now that Lutz and the
â€śIt may not be easy, but for
According to Tibbles, the â€śgreenâ€ť seeds sewn are already reaping benefits. Lutz has already ordered the hiring 150 new workers for the General Motorsâ€™ hybrid production efforts. But Tibbles didnâ€™t provide the perspective that 150 new jobs in a city of 879,000 residents and 8.1 percent unemployment is just a drop in the bucket.