GM Serious about Reducing Greenhouse Gases?

Yesterday GM, Dow Chemical, and twelve other major corporations joined the U.S. Climate Action Partnership (USCAP), an alliance whose goal is to pressure the US Government to enact laws to cut greenhouse gas emissions levels significantly over the next forty years. GM’s entrance into the alliance has drawn praise by some environmental groups and leery suspicion at best by others, including the Sierra Club and its President Dan Becker, who believes GM to be smokescreening their poor environmental record thus far.

I take GM’s announcement to be a good sign and hope that Ford and Chrysler follow suit soon. However, Becker’s skepticism is well-founded. It will be interesting to see how serious GM will be about taking real action toward reducing the carbon emissions of its cars and trucks and developing new vehicles that will provide better gas mileage. Hopefully this will happen sooner, not later. Please comment to let us know what you think. Are GM’s intentions really as sincere as they claim?

2 Comments so far

  1. Tom (unregistered) on May 9th, 2007 @ 8:51 pm

    I think GM’s first priority should be to stay in business.

  2. Mollika* (unregistered) on May 11th, 2007 @ 9:53 am

    Monetary rewards and punishments are better than nothing; however, these laws also allow corporations to opt for punishment if the business rewards are higher. Perhaps GM has a chance to be a “good citizen” as they are doing so poorly in the business realm. They may have no choice but to take advantage of the monetary rewards.

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