We don’t know what GM spokesman Shad Blach is talking about — and neither does he.
Car manufacturers are ready and willing to get away from petroleum-based fuels, an executive from the world’s largest automaker said yesterday…
“People did not want to buy one of our products because we had a history of fighting and looking for any other alternative other than building better cars,” said General Motors Co.’s spokesman for environment and energy matters, Shad Balch, at a panel featuring California Air Resources Board Chairwoman Mary Nichols, automakers and environmentalists. “For the first time, we’re not in disagreement with the regulation.”
Balch, who came to GM two years ago from former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s (R) Department of Corporations, sought to distance the oil industry from automakers. “The oil industry didn’t do us any favors when we were going through bankruptcy and they were making billions of dollars in profits,” he said.
“There seems to be such a public hatred towards petroleum-based fuel, so why not build a vehicle that uses anything but?” he said…
The internal combustion engine (along with gasoline) is one of the greatest-ever boons to society.