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Bob Lutz
Bob Lutz and his pals tout the benefits of domestic oil production, electric vehicles

The last time we visited commentary from former General Motors Vice Chairman Bob Lutz, he was firing back against the "Right-Wing Media" for its assault on the Chevrolet Volt. Lutz was a huge proponent of the Volt while at GM, and he helped spearhead the development of the gasoline/plug-in electric vehicle.
Now, in another column for Forbes magazine (written in conjunction with FedEx CEO Fredrick Smith, and U.S. Marines commandants General P.X. Kelley and General James Conway), Lutz is switching gears slightly to tout the positive benefits of oil independence and electric vehicles instead of attacking the "attackers".
Lutz and his posse argue that moving to vehicles that are more efficient or rely solely on electricity for power will boost the United States' national security. In addition, U.S. military manpower and financial resources are being strained to protect vital oil distribution points around the globe.
From a national security perspective, the U.S. military is forced to protect the world’s vital oil infrastructure… Protection of the sea lanes of commerce has become an American burden and will remain so, costing the United States Treasury an estimated $80 billion per year while taxing our military, which is already engaged on multiple fronts.
“Lutz and Friends” go on to say that the U.S. needs to produce more oil domestically (to isolate the country from global oil price spikes) while at the same time moving the U.S. transportation sector away from oil dependency. "The only way to fundamentally solve this problem is to break oil’s stranglehold on the transportation sector, which accounts for 70 percent of the total oil consumed by the United States and relies on oil for 94 percent of its fuel," states the quartet.
As we reported nearly a year ago, Frederick Smith is definitely onboard with reducing our “addition” to foreign oil in an effort to boost the domestic economy. And like Lutz, Smith is hip to the idea of electrifying America’s transportation sector.

Chevrolet Volt enjoying a dip in the pool with the ladies. [Source: TECHVEHI]
Not surprisingly, the column throws a shout-out to the two primary players in the electric car market: the Chevrolet Volt and the Nissan Leaf:
Regarding electrification, the beauty of plug-in hybrids and pure electric vehicles like the Chevy Volt and the Nissan Leaf is that they are powered by electricity, which can be generated from many sources: nuclear, coal, natural gas, and renewables. Best yet, these are all domestic energy sources, meaning OPEC won’t be able to corner the market. And the retail price of electricity is far less volatile that the price of oil.
It seems inevitable that electrification will by the end game for vehicles in the future, but the question is should the government be footing the bill to jumpstart the process?

Source: Forbes

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RE: pathetic
By Reclaimer77 on 4/17/2012 8:07:09 PM , Rating: -1
You aren't some early adopter, please. You took a massive tax payer funded subsidy for your new toy.

I'm doing my small part to keep our country from importing as much oil.

*rolls eyes* Oh please. You aren't doing shit you scab.

RE: pathetic
By Spuke on 4/17/12, Rating: 0
RE: pathetic
By Masospaghetti on 4/18/2012 9:11:06 AM , Rating: 2
One persons drastic reduction of gasoline usage (you still use oil you know) doesn't do a damn thing to reduce national oil usage.

You're acknowledging that the Volt drastically reduces oil consumption...and then you say that he's only making himself feel good and not doing a damn, because he's only one person.

Your logic is mind boggling.

RE: pathetic
By Spuke on 4/18/2012 1:17:18 PM , Rating: 3
Your logic is mind boggling.
Explain how ONE persons reduction in fuel makes any difference to the NATIONAL reduction in fuel other than making ONESELF feel good.

RE: pathetic
By Spuke on 4/18/2012 1:20:22 PM , Rating: 2
Oh and I didn't say the Volt drastically reduced fuel consumption, I said HE is. Not everyone's usage will be like his and even if it was, it STILL does not make a nick in the NATIONAL (there's that word again) fuel usage.

RE: pathetic
By Qapa on 4/22/2012 11:19:38 AM , Rating: 2
That is the same argument most people use not to vote: "why should I vote, my vote will only weight 1 in millions, and so it is irrelevant".

While true, it also points that the solution to any group problem, if you're not making decisions for the group, is to make your part and possibly try to influence the individuals around you.

So he actually did the most important part, specially because, there is no better way to convince people around you than showing them 1st hand that you're committed, happy with the solution and even have them try it out.

Maybe it is not a bad idea that you guys stop saying what other people's reasoning and reasons are. Post your opinion, but leave others to state theirs.

RE: pathetic
By yomamafor1 on 4/19/12, Rating: 0
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