Handling The Fuel Sell
19 August 2008
General Motors R&D chief discusses the issues with alternative fuels.
General Motors research and development chief Larry Burns has urged stakeholders in alternative energy technologies to stop fighting among themselves.
Visiting Melbourne last week, Mr Burns stated GM’s view that there is no one solution to the looming fuel crisis and that various energy technology backers should recognise this.
“If this issue is as serious as it appears to be, then we can solve it,” Mr Burns said. “But we can’t solve it by being paralysed by all these different parochial views.”
He said the various backers were creating a distorted picture of the viability of various alternative technologies that was detrimental.
“What’s happening is that people who like natural gas over-promote natural gas and overly criticise all the other (alternative fuels),” he said.
“The people who like ethanol overly promote ethanol and overly criticise all the other ones. The next thing you know, you’ve got all these people digging their heels in, thinking there’s a single answer and that’s the only thing you should invest in. In fact, we must invest in all of them.”
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