Yesterday, General Motors told 1,300 Detroit employees “they will be temporarily laid off for five weeks” due to lower than expected demand for its Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid-electric vehicle.
No doubt there are many contributing factors, but in January, GM CEO Dan Akerson explained:
We did not design the Volt to become a political punching bag and that’s what it’s become.
He had been called in to testify by the Tea-Party crowd running the U.S. House in a
hearing witch-hunt titled, “Volt Vehicle Fire: What Did NHTSA Know and When Did They Know It?” Yes, that’s a reference to Nixon and Watergate!
In fact, NHSTA concluded it does not believe the Volt and other electric vehicles “pose a greater risk of fire than gasoline-powered vehicles.”
Media Matters put together this video of the conservative media misrepresentations:
As TP Green reports, those who launched “conspiracy-tinged partisan attacks” got what they wanted:
Relentless attacks on the Chevy Volt from Rush Limbaugh and Republican politicians have taken their toll, as General Motors has announced a five-week suspension in production of the range-extended electric car. Conservative enemies of clean energy and the Obama administration seized on isolated reports Volts with battery fires, calling the cars “Obama-mandated death traps.” Limbaugh even said GM was a “corporation that’s trying to kill its customers.”
Has there ever been a more relentless partisan campaign against American products and American jobs than this?