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Gwyneth and Cameron

Gwyneth Paltrow and Cameron Diaz want your signature!
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Dear Mr. Ford,
Nearly 100 years ago, your great-grandfather changed the course of human history. However, after a century of innovation, the majority of Ford cars and trucks get worse gas mileage than the Model T. Certainly today's vehicles offer more to consumers than early automobiles, but without the benefit of modern technology, the Model T averaged 25-30 mpg!
It has never been more important to reduce our oil dependence - for our national security and our environment. Not only do we send $200,000 overseas every minute to buy oil, but the cars we drive contribute to fully one third of US heat-trapping gases that cause global warming and pollute the air we breathe. The National Academy of Sciences found that it is possible, and economical, to build a fleet of cars, trucks and SUVs that average nearly 40 mpg. This has the dual benefit of creating a healthier world for ourselves and our children, and saving consumers money at the gas pump. Simply put, it is the right thing to do.
You stand alone among US automakers in publicly recognizing the impact your product has on the environment. Yet it is disappointing to see you direct millions to Washington DC to fight stricter regulation for car mileage when that money could be spent on research and development of cleaner 21st century cars.
You have the opportunity and the moral responsibility to build a new legacy at Ford. Please provide leadership to the American auto industry and embrace the technology that can improve your fleet's gas mileage. I hope that when I look for a new, fuel-efficient car, Ford will have options available in every model for every budget.
Sincerely,
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haha 30.Apr.2003 11:59

newt

My guess is that the US automakers are influenced (perhaps even partially owned!) by oil capitalists, who pressure the US automakers into making cars with shitty gas milage, allowing them the chance to part ignorant consumers from more of their money. One might think of it as a tax on operating US made-cars levied by the unelected oil capitalists. Anyway, I predict that these lovely ladies' plea will fall on deaf ears. Even direct competition from much higher gas-milage Japanese cars doesn't help!

hmm 30.Apr.2003 12:04

art

But more fuel efficient cars would hurt the oil companies PROFITS! We can't have that!

Hypocrites...... 30.Apr.2003 12:05

star watcher

Right Cameron,
I'll conserve energy and not use it, so that you get the voltage you need for the spotlights as you jump on the patriotic band wagon and wave your butt for the troops, while you support the war....

star watcher -- keep gazing dude 30.Apr.2003 12:15

quigley

Star watcher, does your post make any sense at all? I don't think so. Let's see, shall we compare the energy used by some lightbulbs for one hollywood star, to the the energy used by millions of fuel-inefficient vehicles? Millions of cars, a few lightbulbs, millions of cars, a few light bulbs... I hope a figurative light bulb is lighting up over your head now.

Who's buying the cars, Einstein? 30.Apr.2003 12:45

Mr. Toyota

Ugh... yes, it's all a corporate conspiracy. Never mind consumers who buy gas-guzzling SUV's and light trucks instead of more efficient cars.

Corporations are bad and everything is their fault! Whee!!

corporations BAD! 30.Apr.2003 13:09

C.B.

>Ugh... yes, it's all a corporate conspiracy.

Indeed -- it's a conspiracy of greed.

>Never mind consumers who buy gas-guzzling SUV's and light >trucks instead of more efficient cars.

Yes never mind them, they are mostly ignorant and dumbed-down by the corporate-controlled media. For example, many consumers have been programmed with the "Buy American" meme, etc. The social hierarchy present in the USA means that our society is organized and operated in a top-down fashion. Consumer choice is only relevant if for some reason consumers get a clue, or otherwise fail to be sold by the top-down social engineering and market-creation perpetrated by corporations.

> Corporations are bad and everything is their fault! Whee!!

Can't blame them for everything, but it's clear they are out of control and need to be reined in by some real democracy.

Ah, the usual lame excuse 01.May.2003 06:39

Dr. Seuss

"Yes never mind them, they are mostly ignorant and dumbed-down by the corporate-controlled media. For example, many consumers have been programmed with the "Buy American" meme, etc. The social hierarchy present in the USA means that our society is organized and operated in a top-down fashion. Consumer choice is only relevant if for some reason consumers get a clue, or otherwise fail to be sold by the top-down social engineering and market-creation perpetrated by corporations."

Ah yes - people are too stupid to think for themselves, and do what they are told by corporations.

No matter how many times I hear this deluded, self-righteous garbage, it doesn't quite explain how it is possible that products are introduced all the time, and fail miserably. (Remember New Coke?) How is this possible? If people are "ignorant" and "dumbed-down", shouldn't the corporation just have to crank up the advertising and bingo, instant sales? McDonalds lost money last quarter for the first time ever - how can that be possible? The airwaves are jammed with McD's adverts... how could they ever lose money? Shouldn't the ignorant, hypnotized sheeple be flocking to the golden arches like rats to the pied piper?

The "Buy American" meme - yeah, the last time I checked, Mercedes, Saab, Porsche, BMW, Toyota, Honda, Mercedes, Infiniti, Lexus, Nissan and Hyundai were in no great danger of going bankrupt. In fact, all of them were selling cars to Americans!! Again, I'm quite baffled. The "top-down" "social hierarchy" should mean that the dumb sheeple always buy American cars, right? There is no consumer choice. Executives at Ford and Chrysler must be quite mystified as to why people continue to purchase cars from foreign-owned corporations, then. (In some cases - wait for it - the carse weren't even manufactured in America!! Gasp!! Shocking, I know)

Could it that maybe corporations don't force people to buy hings - that they make stuff that people want? You know, supply and demand? Apparently not. I'm confused by the contradictions I've pointed out, but I'm sure there's a reasonable explanation. Maybe that's part of the corporate plan as well?

Dr. Seuss

top-down 01.May.2003 11:48

art

"Ah yes - people are too stupid to think for themselves, and do what they are told by corporations. "

Not necessarily stupid, but ignorant and misinformed by the corporate media, public relations, and advertizing firms. This makes them good marks for the corporate con game.

"No matter how many times I hear this deluded, self-righteous garbage, it doesn't quite explain how it is possible that products are introduced all the time, and fail miserably."

The corporations attempted to create a market and simply failed. It's still top-down, stemming from social hierarchy and authority, even if it didn't work. They can try again -- repurposing their product, planting fake stories in the press, whatever it takes to create demand. It's all part of "wagging the dog".

"Shouldn't the ignorant, hypnotized sheeple be flocking to the golden arches like rats to the pied piper?"

McD's is still a huge corporation serving billions last time I checked. So their profits drop a little -- big deal. And again, somtimes marketing fails, but all marketing is a top-down activity.

"The "top-down" "social hierarchy" should mean that the dumb sheeple always buy American cars, right? "

No, the US car and oil companies just need enough suckers to keep their empires running -- but again, it's top-down. If the companies can brand gas guzzling SUVs as a status symbol and they get enough ignorant fools to fall for it, then they are successful.