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Subject: [Land-speed] Repealing the Laws of Physics.........
From: "John Burk" <>
Date: Thu, 13 Aug 2009 15:24:44 -0400
                              Repealing the Laws oPhysics.........
                              Subject: Automotive Industry Challenge... Dr.
David Cole
                              From a senior level Chrysler person

                              Monday morning I attended a breakfast meeting
where the speaker/guest was Dr. David E. Cole, Chairman, Center for Automotive
Research, (CAR and Professor at the University of Michigan ). You have all
likely heard CAR quoted, or referred to in the auto industry news lately.

                              Dr. Cole, who is an engineer by training, told
many stories of the difficulty of working with the folks that the Obama
administration has sent to save the auto industry. There have been many
meetings where a 30+ year experience automotive expert has to listen to a
newcomer to the industry, someone with zero manufacturing experience, zero
auto industry experience, zero business experience, zero finance experience,
and zero engineering experience, tell them how to run their business.

                              Dr. Cole's favorite story is as follows:

                              There was a team of Obama people speaking to Dr.
Cole (Graduate Engineer, automotive experience 40+ years, Chairman of CAR).
They were explaining to Dr. Cole that the auto companies needed to make a car
that was electric and utilized liquid natural gas (LNG) with enough combined
fuel to go 500 miles so we wouldn't "need" so many gas stations, (a whole
other topic). They were quoting the BTU's of LNG and battery life that they
had looked up on some website.

                              Dr. Cole explained that to do this you would
need a trunk FULL of batteries and a LNG tank at big as the car to make it
happen and that there were problems related to the basic laws of physics that
prevented them from...

                              The Obama person interrupted and said (and I am
quoting here): "These laws of physics? Who's rules are those? We need to
change that. (Some of the others diligently wrote down the law name so they
could look it up). We have both the congress and the administration. We can
repeal that law, amend it, or use an executive order to get rid of that
problem. That's why we are here, to fix these sort of issues".
                              This country is in big trouble...





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