EGEB: GM, Ford knew about climate change half a century ago

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In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • GM and Ford knew about climate change 50 years ago, E&E news reveals in an exclusive.
  • Bob Murray, who has long fought to reduce the benefits of black lungs for coal miners, has died of lung disease.
  • More than half of children in the UK want their parents to buy electric vehicles, according to Peugeot.
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GM and Ford knew

Two of America’s largest automakers have known since the 1960s that car emissions cause climate change, according to an exclusive, months-long survey by E&E news.

E&E written:

Researchers from both automakers found strong evidence in the 1960s and 1970s that human activity was warming the Earth. One of the main culprits was the burning of fossil fuels, which released large amounts of heat-trapping gases, such as carbon dioxide, which could trigger the melting of the polar ice caps and other dire consequences.

A GM scientist has presented his findings to at least three high-level executives at the company, including a former chief executive officer. It is not known if similar warnings reached Ford’s peak.

E&E News results reveal that GM and Ford have been “deeply and actively engaged” since the 1960s in understanding how their cars affect the climate, said Carroll Muffett, president and CEO of the Center for International Environmental Law.

Ford responded to the survey acknowledging that climate change is real. It says it is now investing more than $ 11 billion in electrification and will operate its manufacturing plants at 100% green energy in 15 years.

GM responded by saying it made the electric Hummer, and:

There is nothing we can say about the events that occurred a generation or two ago, as they are irrelevant to the positions and strategy of the company today.

Oh ok then.

You can read the entire E&E article here.

Bob Murray dies

Bob Murray, the chairman of the board of the largest American coal operator, Murray Energy, died Sunday at the age of 80. He had announced his retirement less than a week before.

Although no cause of death has been officially given, Murray applied for benefits for black lungs – which he has spent most of his career trying to prevent – on October 1, as Electrek reported. In the Black Lung claim, Murray said he was heavily dependent on oxygen and was “close to death,” The Associated Press reported.

Yet Murray also claimed his illness:

It’s idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, IPF. And it’s not related to my work in the industry.

Murray Energy’s bankruptcy has drained the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund. As of November, Murray Energy had paid just $ 1.1 million of the $ 155 million it owed to the fund.

As the CEO of Murray Energy, he regularly opposed regulation at all levels. He sent Donald Trump a four-page “action plan” calling for rollbacks of environmental regulations and mine safety. Murray got about half of the elements of his action plan, including the revocation of the Clean Power Plan and the withdrawal of the Paris Agreement.

So even though the coal is dying out, Murray’s legacy is environmental damage.

Children want electric vehicles

67.8% of British children believe electric vehicles are good for the planet, according to a new study by Peugeot UK. More than half of participating parents (55.3%) said their children would like them to own an electric car in the future. The study involved 1,250 children aged 7 to 12 and their parents or guardians.

Here is the interesting discovery: these children have purchasing power. 72.2% of children said they were consulted or involved in their parents’ purchases – including the purchase of a new car.

David Peel, CEO of Peugeot UK, said:

It’s great to see the next generation of car buyers so interested in fully electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles, and to know that they understand the positive impact these vehicles have on the environment. With that in mind, it is really positive to see through our research how influential children are in the buying decisions their parents make.

The UK has banned ICE and hybrid cars by 2035, and Labor has called for the ban to be extended until 2030.

Photo: Ford

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