Monday, November 17, 2008
Neil Young's American Dream
Rock and roll legend Neil Young has a few things to say about the future of America's auto industry.
In a recent column on the Huffington Post blog entitled How To Save A Major Automobile Company, Young volunteers:
We need visionary people now with business sense to create automobiles that do not contribute to global warming.
It is time to change and our problems can facilitate our solutions. We can no longer afford to continue down Detroit's old road. The people have spoken. They do not want gas guzzlers (although they still like big cars and trucks). It is possible to build large long-range vehicles that are very efficient. People will buy those vehicles because they represent real change and a solution that we can live with.
About a possible bailout, he goes on to say:
The government must take advantage of the powerful position that exists today. The Big 3 are looking for a bailout. They should only get it if they agree to stop building autos that contribute to global warming now.
Follow the link for the full article.
But Neil Young is not just singing a song about the next generation of automobile. He's taking personal initiative to solve the problem of fossil fuel dependency by retrofitting his '59 Lincoln Continental as an electric hybrid. He calls it the LincVolt.
Young, along with his team of mechanics, is vying for the ten million dollar X Prize for developing the first commercially viable car that gets more than 100 miles per gallon of gas.
A link to a recent New York Times story about the project:
And for some deep inside information, check out the official website for LincVolt updates.