Yes, it’s true. Our esteemed President almost killed himself yesterday. Seriously. For real. Not joking. Honestly. Read on….
Ford Motor Company had arranged to show Bush first-hand their new hydrogen-electric plug-in hybrid concept car. Bush apparently was about to plug the electric charging cable into the hydrogen tank, before Ford CEO Alan Mulally ran over and stopped him. While hydrogen is not explosive like gasoline, it is highly flammable, and I’m sure trying to plug in a tank full of flammable anything would surely not have ended well.
“I just thought, ‘Oh my goodness!’ So, I started walking faster, and the President walked faster and he got to the cord before I did. I violated all the protocols. I touched the President. I grabbed his arm and I moved him up to the front,” Mulally said. “I wanted the president to make sure he plugged into the electricity, not into the hydrogen. This is all off the record, right?”
To be honest – I’m not sure who to fault in this situation. Bush? Well, we know he’s not the brightest bulb in the universe. But I think Ford deserves some fault here too – for making ridiculous fantasy concept cars that are overly technologically complex that just distract us from the gas-guzzling cars they actually sell.
Plug-in hybrids can be great – there are several small companies already making this technology available in the real-world, for modest prices. But while all the automakers are talking about plug-ins, why are we seeing futuristic hydrogen fuel-cell concept cars that cost millions and are decades away from production, rather than 100+ mile-per-gallon options on dealer lots today?
Message to Alan Mulally and Ford: Stop endangering the President’s life (really, I’m more concerned with the rest of us and the climate) This one car costs millions of dollars, and is something that will do nothing to address environmental and energy issues – other than let you grandstand a bit. How about making practical cars that will actually offer real-world solutions for oil addiction, energy security, and climate change? You know – cars that people actually drive – not cars that only offer photo-ops.
Automakers need to stop dragging feet and making excuses. The technology to dramatically improve fuel efficiency is here – so let’s not let them waste any more time fighting lawsuits, making excuses, or distracting us with fantasy cars that will never make it to production.
Check out the original story at The Detroit News