Green Blunders Concealed

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    1. Following on from the announcement that GM is looking at redesigning the Chevrolet Volt’s lithium-ion battery system in the wake of several highly publicized fires resulting from test crashes, comes further news that both the automaker and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration delayed disclosure of their original findings by months.

    2. Apparently, way back in June, General Motors heard about a Volt fire that happened three weeks after said vehicle was crash tested, yet it wasn’t until November that the company, or NHTSA disclosed there was a potential problem, urging both dealers and customers to drain the battery pack immediately following an accident.

    3. As a result the public relations nightmare surrounding Chevy’s halo vehicle appears to be deepening, though a good deal of the blame in this case also rests with NHTSA.
    Joan Claybrook, a former adminstrator at NHTSA believes part of the reason for the delay was the “fragility of Volt sales.” Yet she also believes that “NHTSA could have put out a consumer alert, not to tell them [customers] for six months makes no sense to me.”

    4. ...the NHTSA incident underlines the need for “greater transparency when conducting crash tests,” as well as setting proper industry standards when it comes to new technologies.
    Chevrolet Volt Battery Issues Growing, Safety Findings May Have Been Suppressed | AutoGuide.com News

    So....what should we learn from this story?

    a. The Chevy Volt is still a work in progress.

    b. The safety of the public is a secondary consideration to GM/the current (no pun intended) administration.

    c. Following the solar panel fiasco and indications of the corrupt use of taxpayer money to enrich Obama contributors....
    ...the gangsters leading the Democrat Party could not bear to see the news of this 'green industry catastrophe' come to light.

    More 'Hope and Change.'
     
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    This legislate everything green at a billion bucks a pop is insane.

    Science already had proven 99.999999% of green ideas had a lot of warts, namely, failure to perform after 10 minutes.
     
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    All of us who use LiPoly and Lithium Ion batteries in our Model Airplanes have known for a long time that they don't like being damaged. A normal dry cell battery will crack and just "off gas" and lose voltage but a LiPoly or Li-Ion battery can be damaged and you'll never even see it.
    Then heat builds up as the damaged cell can't accept a charge and suddenly:
    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQjudHKh-bI&feature=related"]Lithium Polymer Battery Explosion 2 - YouTube[/ame]

    And that was just a tiny model airplane battery! Imagine a bunch of larger ones in the trunk of your car! :eek:

    See I just knew that either the technology was pushed on the market too fast or manufacturers were covering up faults in the system. Gov't subsidies will cause that behavior.
     
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    Does that mean we'll have to keep using gasoline??
     

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