- When it purchased and dismantled streetcar networks across America;
- When it fought tooth-and-nail against mandatory seatbelt legislation;
- When it abandon its hometown of Flint, MI and laid off 30,000 people while making record profits;
- When it led the charge to defeat new fuel economy standards, again, and again, and again;
- When, in the late 90s, it killed the first successful electric car program;
- When, among growing concerns over climate change, it decided to double down on SUVs and bought the Hummer Brand from AM General;
- When it sued California to block new emissions regulations;
- When, just last year, a GM executive called global warming a “total crock?”
Well, it seems those days have come to an end. The Detroit News reported yesterday that General Motors, along with ten other auto companies, has signed on to government efforts to ban texting while driving.
Maybe one day GM will regain a little bit of its old screw-consumers, safety-be-damned, to-hell-with-the-environment swagger. Perhaps then it can lobby for something that will save lives and improve its bottom line, like banning carpooling.
(Hat tip, John R)