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Post  Swampguy on Tue Sep 04, 2012 3:18 pm

Maybe they have a valid point? The laws of physics make it a lot more difficult and requires a lot of energy to move around. On the other hand, it has kept me somewhat


A very big thanks to Michigan member Mike Partridge
who sent in this bit of humor, which was forwarded from
a senior level person at Chrysler. The date on this note
was Sunday, July 19, 2009.

Monday morning, I attended a breakfast meeting where
the speaker/guest was David E. Cole, Chairman Center
for Automotive Research (CAR and Professor at the
University of Michigan) You have all likely heard CAR
quoted, or referred to in the auto industry news lately.

Mr. Cole, who is an engineer by training, told many
stories of the difficulty of working with the folks that the
Oabama Administration sent to save the auto industry.
There have been many meetings where a 30+ year
expert has to listen to a newcomer to the industry,
someone with zero auto industry experience, zero finance
experience and zero engineering experience, tell them
how to run their business.

Mr. Cole's favorite story follows:

There was a team of Obama people speaking to Mr. Cole
(engineer, automotive experience of 40+ years, and
Chairman of CAR). They were explaining to Mr. Cole that
the auto companies needed to make a car that was electric
and liquid natural gas (LNG) with enough combined fuel
to go 500 miles so we wouldn't "need" so many gas stations
(a whole other topic). They were quoting BTU's of LNG and
battery life that they had looked up on some website.

Mr. Cole, explained that to do this you would need a TRUNK
FULL of batteries and a LNG tank as big as the car to make
that happen, and that there were problems related to the laws
of physics that prevented them from.....

The Obama person interrupted and said (and I am quoting
here): "These laws of Physics? Whose rules are those? We
need to change that." (Some of the others wrote down the law
name so they could look it up.) "We have the Congress and
administration. We can repeal that law, amend it, or use and
executive order to get rid of that problem. That's why we are
here, to fix these sorts of issues."

.......And these are the same people who are going to fix


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