The biggest single step any nation has taken to fight global warming is working. Now if the auto industry -- finally selling cleaner cars and making real profits -- would just stop fighting it.
Mary Barra's appointment as CEO of General Motors is clearly a milestone for both women and the auto industry. This is a business, after all, where it's more likely to see a woman draped across a car hood at an auto show or in a pin-up calendar than sitting in the executive suite.
On the surface, it's a fantastic thing. It's always a fantastic thing when one more positive first for any target identity is achieved. But as an 18-year-old female going to college today and expecting to head into the job market myself in the near future, it's also disappointing.
Now, that the U.S. Treasury has exited its partial ownership of General Motors, the bill to the tax-payer is reported to be $10.5 billion. Libertarians and many a Tea party Republican decry the bill. But are we forgetting the $24 billion the Republican led government shutdown cost the economy?
Barra, the first woman to run the world's largest automaker, and the first woman to run any car company, will face inevitable challenges of perception. Can a woman run a car company so dominated, as is the entire industry, by men.
For me, a young guy looking to help build the Detroit of the future, I hope we accept that the mythology of car ownership doesn't need to be our death sentence. We aren't some antiquated city that can't adapt to world of tomorrow.
Although Tesla's Elon Musk has declared, there won't be a recall, it's almost certain the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will investigate. As we all know, three's a trend.
As Executive Vice President of Viacom Media Networks and leader of Scratch, a "creative SWAT team," Ross Martin operates at the nuanced nexus of marketing, branding, advertising and youth culture.
Recently, I was asked if I got nervous before speaking to large groups, and I think I surprised my questioner by replying that I did not. Of course I do feel some tension, excitement and anticipation, but not nervousness.
Forty years ago in October the first oil embargo taught the U.S. a lesson -- an economy dependent on a single fuel, oil, for its entire transportation system -- is fatally flawed. Yet this is a lesson we seem resolutely determined to forget.
Shouldn't companies get involved now instead of waiting to see what governments come up with on their own?
It is also unthinkable to leave out the birth of the automotive industry. Both my father and my husband's dad began their careers working for the greats of General Motors. I was almost 17 before I knew that people drove cars made in foreign countries.
I used to carry a picture of Billy Durant, a man I never met, in my wallet for years. Looking at the image, I recalled the courage of this great entrepreneur and the guts it took for him to be innovative and build one of the most important automobile empires in world history.
The city that built cars was also built by and for the car, and that legacy may prove the biggest obstacle to creating a post-automobile future.
Tesla stock has been on a rocketship this year, soaring to four times its trading value of a year ago, from $25 to $115 per share! Recently a subscriber asked me if this super hot stock was now a short. My answer: "That's going to require an article. It's not a simple yes or no."