by Michael dEstries
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Michael Moore has published a brutally honest article on his website rejoicing in the end of General Motors as we know it (the company formally filed for bankruptcy this morning) and looking ahead to a future without the mistakes and hubris that eventually claimed the company. Moore also reiterates his support of clean mass transportation, fuel-efficient vehicles, and takes shots at oil companies for holding back our country from advancing with efficient technologies. Below is one such highlight:

Just as President Roosevelt did after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the President must tell the nation that we are at war and we must immediately convert our auto factories to factories that build mass transit vehicles and alternative energy devices. Within months in Flint in 1942, GM halted all car production and immediately used the assembly lines to build planes, tanks and machine guns. The conversion took no time at all. Everyone pitched in. The fascists were defeated.

We are now in a different kind of war — a war that we have conducted against the ecosystem and has been conducted by our very own corporate leaders. This current war has two fronts. One is headquartered in Detroit. The products built in the factories of GM, Ford and Chrysler are some of the greatest weapons of mass destruction responsible for global warming and the melting of our polar icecaps. The things we call “cars” may have been fun to drive, but they are like a million daggers into the heart of Mother Nature. To continue to build them would only lead to the ruin of our species and much of the planet.

The other front in this war is being waged by the oil companies against you and me. They are committed to fleecing us whenever they can, and they have been reckless stewards of the finite amount of oil that is located under the surface of the earth. They know they are sucking it bone dry. And like the lumber tycoons of the early 20th century who didn’t give a damn about future generations as they tore down every forest they could get their hands on, these oil barons are not telling the public what they know to be true — that there are only a few more decades of useable oil on this planet. And as the end days of oil approach us, get ready for some very desperate people willing to kill and be killed just to get their hands on a gallon can of gasoline.

Click here to continue reading Moore’s article…

President Obama, now that he has taken control of GM, needs to convert the factories to new and needed uses immediately.

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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  • Krystine

    …or Michael Moore could just stop eating so many cheeseburgers. I think THOSE are more the daggers to the heart of Mother Nature.

    I’ll choose veg and carpool in my personal car, thank you very much!

  • VeggieTart

    I did tell Michael Moore about how meat production does contribute more to global warming than the behemoths produced by GM.

    And I’m a public transit-riding vegan.

  • Lola K

    I completely understand that our cars need to be manufactured with the understanding that our planets resources need to be conserved and the pollution controlled. However, to say good riddance to GM seems a bit harsh as well as ignorant. GM as well as the other US car companies are working to build more fuel efficient cars, which is now mandated by the government.
    I live in Michigan and can tell you that the bankruptcy of GM as well as Chrysler has had a significantly negative effect on the state and the residents of the state. I urge anyone who is interested in this topic to check out this website. GM isn’t the monster that Michael Moore would like you to believe it is.

  • hil

    @ Lola K,
    I too feel the pain of losing GM. While the hubris of the people at the top lead to it’s demise, my heart goes out to all of those that will now be out of work. My father is a steel man, and I know what it is like to spend most of your life in fear that your family could lose it’s primary source of income and you could go from being comfortable to destitute in just a couple of pay cycles. I was hoping that the Green Collar revolution would have been in full swing before more American’s had to be forced out of work. I want see a cleaner, more transit oriented America, but I think having most of the country out of work will make these changes harder. The morale of the American worker took another hit today.

  • Lola K

    Thanks Hil. It really did take a hit. I recently worked as a benefits advisor for the retirees that lost their health coverage, and I worry so much now for my beneficiaries. I can’t tell you the number of people I spoke with who said that now that their Prescription coverage had changed (for the worse) they would have to decide wether they would die of hunger because they can’t afford to eat, or die from their medical ailments or disease because they can’t afford their medication. These people, the ones who gave lifetimes of work to the auto industry are the ones who are really hurting from this. People need to realize that.

  • Stephanie

    I like Micheal Moore but I know that the meat industry hurts the environment way more than cars. I doubt that Moore would promote that knowledge. I know that he’s not a vegetarian because he hunts. LOL.

  • Whoever…

    Wasn’t the USA (among a few other countries) that defended this kind of free capitalism and its ability to regulate the markets all by itself?

    It was that line of reasoning which led to where we are today! Without regulation, powerful people and corporations can do whatever they wish… including creating an alleged crisis which soon became real.

    Therefore why all the surprise about GM filing for bankruptcy? The state of GM is the result of the way of doing business in the ‘old’ USA.
    I feel sorry for GM workers but I believe the American government should have let GM go down, all the way!
    Right now it wouldn’t affect the rest of the world’s economy very much. I mean, there are a lot of competitive auto makers out there! So, why care about GM?

    Maybe that way GM’s bankruptcy would have set an example for other auto makers – either you manufacture safe, cheap, ‘green’ cars or you’ll be out of business very soon!

  • hil

    @ Whoever,
    Am I surprised that GM went bankrupt? No not at all, the executives made bad decisions, but at the end of the day the executives aren’t the one’s that are going to have to pay for them. It’s the worker that put in 30+ years that has been living off a pension for the last 10 and is now too old to rejoin the workforce that is going to pay for it. It is the steel manufacutrers, the textile manufacturers, and the thousands of other people that make the components for GM cars that are going to pay for it. It’s the people that had no other hope than to get old enough to work in a factory and have put their future’s into GM’s hands that are going to pay for it. I have faith in Green Collar jobs. I think that we can put people to work in this country cleaning up the mistakes of the past and retrofitting America but that takes time. Unfortunately when I see the big picture of how GM’s bankruptcy fits into the story of America, I see it as a lesson to buisnesses that if you can’t change you may become obsolete, but I also see it as a devestating blow to the American worker. A class of American’s that is often over looked, or downplayed but one that keeps this country working behind the scenes everyday. I hope that our current admistration can make positive changes in the environment and give the American worker altertives to the traditional manufacturing jobs but with more American’s out of work it will be hard for him to get the support he needs from the American public.