NBC: 'Green' Vehicles the Key to Detroit's Rebirth
What happens when you take one of the nation‚Äôs poorest major cities and combine it with the media‚Äôs enviro-hysteria? According to NBC ‚ÄúNightly News,‚ÄĚ you get the solution to the once-great city of
‚Äú[W]ith gas prices up and global warming at the forefront, Americans are looking for better mileage and cleaner cars these days,‚ÄĚ said NBC ‚ÄúNightly News‚ÄĚ 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, ‚Äúso, where do you put the gas?‚ÄĚ about a car the runs on hydrogen and electricity and part of Ford‚Äôs ‚Äúexperimental green fleet of the future.‚ÄĚ
Tibbles‚Äô report embraced General Motors Vice President Bob Lutz for his rhetoric about creating ‚Äúgreener‚ÄĚ vehicles. ‚ÄúAnd while analysts predict it could take five years for Detroit to pull even [with Japan in the production of hybrid vehicles], Lutz doesn‚Äôt think it‚Äôs too little, too late,‚ÄĚ Tibbles said.
Lutz was once demonized by media critics for downplaying the auto industry‚Äôs role in carbon emissions, writing that the vehicles worldwide actually account for 0.4 percent of total global carbon dioxide. ‚ÄúIt is simply wrong to continually single out the mobile sector as the major culprit,‚ÄĚ Lutz wrote in a letter to the Detroit News on Dec. 14, 2006.
Yet, now that Lutz and the
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According to Tibbles, the ‚Äúgreen‚ÄĚ seeds sewn are already reaping benefits. Lutz has already ordered the hiring 150 new workers for the General Motors‚Äô hybrid production efforts. But Tibbles didn‚Äôt 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.