GM (General Motors)


"[GM] led a successful effort to destroy the streetcar system in America's cities in order to force people to buy cars, rather than take public transportation. GM later spent decades battling efforts to reduce tailpipe pollution emissions that caused public health problems throughout the nation.

"Little has changed. GM today remains the industry leader in opposing government efforts to limit heat-trapping gases wafting from its tailpipes. The company has succeeded not only in sabotaging Congressional efforts to significantly improve fuel economy, but it has also led an industry suit to block California from trying to reduce motor vehicle greenhouse gases.

"GM has taken that position in order to keep promoting its gas-hogging SUVs" (Frank O'Donnell. "What's Good for GM?" Populist Progressive, May 1, 2005: 8).


Colby Glass, MLIS