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Akerson wants a presidential commission set up to form a 30-year energy policy

GM Chairman and CEO Dan Akerson said this week that the U.S. is close to achieving long-term energy security thanks to several factors. Those factors include the rise of fuel-efficient vehicles, energy-efficient homes and factories, and improvement in domestic oil and gas production. Akerson also said that he believed it was time for consumer-driven national energy policy.
 
Akerson wants President Obama to appoint a Blue Ribbon Commission with the goal of developing a 30-year policy framework for energy security with progress reviews every five years. He believes that the commission would need to include a cross-section of energy producers and energy consumers.

Akerson made the comments when speaking at the IHS CERA Week energy conference. The executive also took the time to talk up GM's technologically diverse range of fuel-efficient vehicles, which include the Chevrolet Cruze Clean Turbodiesel and the Chevrolet Volt.

GM also plans to help increase fuel economy by using advanced materials in the construction of their vehicles that reduce vehicle weight such as carbon fiber and magnesium. GM is even looking at better ways to construct vehicles using traditional materials such as nano steel and resistance spot welding for aluminum structures.

“A good rule of thumb is that a 10-percent reduction in curb weight will reduce fuel consumption by about 6.5 percent,” Akerson said. “Our target is to reduce weight by up to 15 percent” by 2016."

“Everywhere you look there are opportunities to seize the energy high ground,” Akerson said. “Indeed, our leaders have been presented with an historic opportunity to create a national energy policy from a position of strength and abundance.”

Source: GM



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RE: Consumer driven
By Lord 666 on 3/7/2013 12:22:51 PM , Rating: 2
Deadlines are reasonable and a part of life.

Using another cliche, "Build it and they will come." Would I have purchased a reliable diesel minivan for maybe $5000 more, absolutely.


RE: Consumer driven
By Spuke on 3/7/2013 5:16:20 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Deadlines are reasonable and a part of life.
Deadlines. Who said anything about deadlines. Nice way of not addressing anything I said.


RE: Consumer driven
By Lord 666 on 3/7/2013 5:56:53 PM , Rating: 2
You mentioned deadlines, but without calling it that.

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They just couldn't justify the expense (ie they were afraid of alienating some customers with the price tags) to implement them before. They don't have a choice now.


MPG mandates are a poor metric to measure efficiency. Look at the FCX, how much petrol does that use? Thats using off-the-shelf technology as well. A $300 a month lease isn't that bad.

Unfortunately, a well thought out energy policy needs to include cradle-to-grave costs in favor of the people versus flavor of the month approach that benefits corporations. Check out betterplace.com, to shift the expensive cost, they want to move to a subsidized model similar to cell phones, but lease the batteries.

Either way, we need to dump into the pot or get off. The way thats done is deadlines.


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