Category: Politics

The Department of Transportation is an agency of the Executive Branch of the U.S. government. Inside of the Department of Transportation (DOT) is the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA). Anthony Foxx is the current head of transportation, or DOT, thus he is the current head of NHTSA. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety [...]

Can the new GM be sued for the recalls? Will sanctions against Russia hurt car companies?

How long has General Motors known there was an issue with the ignition switch? Was there a cover up May 15, 2009 when, according to the New York Times, “data in the black boxes of Chevrolet Cobalts confirmed a potentially fatal defect existed in hundreds of thousands of cars.” Is General Motors shielded by the [...]

The 84th Geneva International Motor Show was full of exotic cars, a 24 hour of Lemans hall and eco-friendly cars. In the background, in dimly lit rooms, in roundtables with executives the questions were starting to filter in. All of the car manufacturers, European, American and Asian are concerned about the economic threat to a [...]

Good morning Warren and Friends I’m just back from the Geneva Motor Show in Geneva, Switzerland. All types of wonderful art that can drive were shown. There was a whole hall dedicated to the 24 hours of Lemans. Volkswagen Group brought out a new Lamborghini, Audi A3 e-tron plug-in hybrid, Volkswagen Golf GTE, Bentley, Skoda, [...]

Geneva Motor Show, Russia and Ukraine, Cars and gas on the John Batchelor radio show

Russia and the Ukraine are starting to seep into the Geneva Motor show discussions and there is concern about what will happen if this situation is not contained soon, if cooler heads do not prevail. European, American and Asian car makers are closely monitoring the “situation” in Ukraine. According to the Association of European Business [...]

By Stephen Leahy (WARSAW, Poland) — “I’m ashamed to tell anyone here I’m a Canadian. When they find out they say ‘ohh we pity you’,” said Leehi Yona, a 20-year old Montrealer who attended the UN climate talks in Warsaw, Poland. “All Canadians would be outraged if they knew how Canada behaves on the world [...]

At the 2013 Los Angeles auto show Mike Robinson, Vice President of Sustainability and Global Regulatory Affairs for General Motors, talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, Driving the Nation, about the Chevy Volt, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) mandates. Robinson says that the Chevy Volt alone has driven over [...]

By Stephen Leahy Canada’s carbon emissions in 2020 will be 20% higher than Harper government’s promised reductions under the 2009 Copenhagen Accord. More importantly, Canada’s emissions will be 66% to 107% higher than what’s actually required to do its share in meeting the 2C global warming target a new Environment Canada report revealed. That is [...]

By Stephen Leahy WARSAW, Nov 15 2013 (IPS) – Energy consumption and production are undergoing fundamental shifts but the world is still on course to a 3.6 degree C hotter climate according a report released during the U.N. climate talks in Warsaw. Brazil will play a major role in quenching the developing world’s growing thirst [...]