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Are American Car Makers Ready for the Oil Crisis or Will Japan Reign Supreme Once Again?: Left of Center View

Wave the flag and turn up the Toby Keith all you want folks, the era of the combustion engine is coming to an end and we are in denial. With gasoline prices of $1.99 a liter in the UK (approximately $17 a gallon) and $5 gas coming to the U.S. this summer, reality is here. But most of the U.S. automakers are still trying to figure out how to sell SUVs. See those had a great profit margin, and well the truth is they spent more time defeating and suppressing alternative fuel sources than exploring them.

So while the Japanese automakers are getting innovative, rolling out small test runs to work out the kinks, learning from their mistakes and trying to improve the technology, American car makers are running in place. Honda released the FCX Clarity, zero emissions hydrogen this week to a lucky few. Of the 50,000 folks who applied to be among the first only a few dozen were given the opportunity to take on the $600 a month lease on the car, which supposedly gets the equivalent of 74 mpg and can reach speeds of up to 100 miles per hour.

The Clarity is an update of the FCX released by Honda in 2005. Both of the car makers other hybrid or fuel cell autos, the Insight and Accord were discontinued due to low sales. However with the popularity of the Prius, over a million vehicles on the road, Honda re-entered the alternative fuel automotive market, recognizing it as the future of our industry according to John Mendel, executive vice president of America Honda Motor Co., who went on to say it was "an especially significant day for American Honda as we plant firm footsteps toward the mainstreaming of fuel cell cars."

General Motors hopes to introduce the Chevrolet Volt plug in by 2010 with a test fleet of hydrogen fuel cell Equinox SUVs expected a little later. But that may well be too little too late. While everything else in the world has been getting smaller and faster (including our paychecks) America went big, pushing huge family cars with built in entertainment centers. But now our little bubble has burst. The reality is that the U.S. can no long afford to gobble up resources at an alarming rate, literally.. We canít afford it. The War is too expensive and our economy is to weak.

So once again the Japanese will dominate the automotive industry. They are already far ahead of everyone else in alternative fuel vehicles. But for how long? All we know right now is what the future wonít be we donít really know what it will be. The world is entering into another transition phase, and the combustion engine and our dependence on it will become a thing of the past. So while the Japanese will soar ahead by modifying existing technology, itís the country and or company that actually invents the next horseless carriage that will ultimately come out on top.


Kyle Pesonen - Staff Writer |
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Are American Car Makers Ready for the Oil Crisis or Will Japan Reign Supreme Once Again?: Right of Center View

American car makers are sometimes like snails in glue when it comes to innovation and adapting to the marketplace. When gasoline in America hit $2.50 per gallon, Japanese car makers saw the writing on the wall and began working on alternative fuel vehicles in earnest. Hybrid and electric vehicle designs began pouring out of the design rooms and onto the floors of the production plants. In America, we launched the Hummer H3 so even people that were not rich could drive a vehicle that wastes gas and is, quite frankly, hideous to look at.

So now that gas has hit $4.00 per gallon the auto industry in America is beginning to eek out a few hybrids here and there while the Japanese auto makers are rolling out their first production model hydrogen and plug-in electric vehicles for mainstream consumers. You would think at least that the American companies would be investing in creating alternative fuel stations for these new vehicles to use but it just ainít happening. I have to say, if I can find some enterprising soul with a spot of cash who wants to get rich Iíd be happy to share with them the simplicity of extracting hydrogen from waste water which can be sold for enormous profit to the new hydrogen car drivers. Beyond that we could even discuss how incredibly simple it would be to convert gasoline engines to hydrogen.

So to get back to the point, it seems that America is once again, much like we were in the 1970ís and early 1980ís playing catch-up with the Japanese in the auto industry during a fuel crisis. In some ways itís incredibly sad that in just about thirty years we basically put ourselves in the exact same avoidable mess we were in previously. We are once again at the mercy of OPEC because the short-sighted bastards in corporate America focused all of their advertising attention on convincing Americans that we somehow needed behemoth SUV vehicles to get our kids to school and soccer practice when a fuel efficient station wagon would have done the trick. Sadly, we are partially to blame as well. You canít deny the simple truth of the laws of supply and demand and if we the consumers didnít demand the massive gas sucking beasts we drive, they wouldnít make them. We have become the victims of our own vanity and idolatry. By worshiping the purveyors of conspicuous consumption instead of honoring the virtues of not taking more than you need and looking to the wellness of the future, we have sold ourselves out.

For people that have paid attention and lived within their means, this fuel crisis has not been as rough. People that bought fuel efficient cars because they didnít feel the need to impress anyone or ďkeep up with the JonesesĒ are still not getting killed at the pump like Joe Idiot and his Hummer are. Donít get me wrong, I have no problem with people being rich or having nice things because that is supposed to be how a capitalist democracy works but an idiot is an idiot and if you bought a Hummer or an Escalade to drive to the grocery store and to work every day, you deserve to have to pay a hundred bucks to fill up your thirsty albatross of a vehicle. You sold out your own future for a flashy ride. Stupid you!

For the rest of us it looks like we will be driving Toyota and Honda for a while until the dipsticks in Detroit can get their acts together and start making cars that donít sell us up the river to the same families that spawned the architects of 9/11.

The Realist - Patriot at Large |
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A Legal Immigrantís Perspective

If you are not a Native American, you are an immigrant, so am I. I came legally to this country at the age of five with my parents who worked hard, paid taxes (even Jesus paid taxes), lived by the rules of this great nation and never took or accepted a penny from the government. We came seeking FREEDOM from a communist country. It was months before we were able to enter the US legally. I remember us getting medical exams, shots (small pox), background check, references, and going through numerous interviews once we arrived. I also remembered people coming to the US from all over the world who waited years since it was based on "Quotas". Read more...

Solving Our Immigration Problem

The major problem our country is facing with illegal immigrants today is because of the exploitation of these immigrants. We believe the solution to this problem is two-fold. First, we should allow more immigrants in this country to cut down on the number of illegal ones. Second, all immigrants should be educated about their rights at the expense of the government. Below, you will find an in-depth look at our suggested reforms.

Reforms for immigration limitations:

-New immigrants can't equal more than 1% of the US population in a given year (the population being from the last recorded census). That 1% will be further divided up to allow only a certain number of immigrants each month.
-Each country of origin for immigrants will be allowed a certain percentage of that 1%. No country could receive more than 10% of the total amount and no country can receive less than .1% of it. The left over percentage will be divided up between all countries as follows: Read more...

Do Elements Within the La Raza Movement Pose a Threat to America?

La Raza means literally ďThe RaceĒ in Spanish. The movement was formed in 1968 to promote the interests of the Mexican-American community. Like the NAACP and other affirmative-action minded organizations, La Raza has many members that are interested in being part of America and promoting equality for all Americans. The fundamental goals as stated by the movement are benign and represent the ideals of American diversity and cultural pride.

There is another movement affiliated with La Raza that has historically been more militant and still maintains documents within their organization that point to isolationistic views Read More

A Plan

The one major thing that seems to be lacking in the immigration debate is a real plan that addresses the legitimate concerns with illegal immigration. There are strong opinions on both sides and a lot of rhetoric but there isnít really any solid plan being promoted to address the illegal immigration issue in a way that is both fair and logical.

So, that being said here is my idea:Read More

Trucking Cross Borders

This is mainly a concern for the trucking business. If we allow these people to come into our country, bringing cargo that we in America have, and can supply, then we are saying that the American working people are not needed, and have lost all say to legally enforced DOT (Department of Transportation) laws.Read More



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