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President-elect Donald Trump has named General Motors Co. CEO Mary Barra to a Strategic and Policy Forum that frequently will advise him on economic issues and jobs growth.

Her response:
"[I am] pleased to join President-elect Donald J. Trump’s Strategic and Policy Forum because it offers us a seat at an important table where we can contribute to a constructive and open dialogue about key policy issues. We look forward to working with President-elect Trump, his team and other corporate and civic leaders on policies that support a strong and competitive economy and automotive industry."

The first meeting of the forum will take place at the White House in the first week of February of 2017 and will be chaired by Stephen A. Schwarzman, Chairman, CEO, and Co-Founder of Blackstone.

Read more here: http://www.detroitnews.com/story/business/autos/2016/12/02/trump-barra/94808130/

I expect Barra to influence the panel to support more hybrid and electric transportation for the common drivers, and probably help reduce imports from taking over the U.S. markets. This is just the first step.:eek:
 

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Raymond. i agree with your expectancy that she will support more hybrid and electric transportation.

Hopefully she will be a calming force if Trump displays any negative electric car/environmental actions. Am optimistic that his statement during the NEW YORK TIMES interview correctly reflected his changed stance (favorable) on climate change and renewables.

One must still wonder if she would advocate rolling back auto emission standards or speak against the recent letter to Trump from an auto lobbying group advocating a rollback in emission standards. Lets be hopeful

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I'm not sure that much of our voices from these forums will reach the likes of CEO Barra, but hopefully she does take an active role advocating PHEVs and EVs. Trump says he wants to bring jobs back to America, and one of the most fruitful ways of doing so would be building out an extensive EV infrastructure.

Oddly, proposals that push renewable energy and clean air vehicles get far more traction under conservative leadership, which means to me that conservatives aren't opposed to being green... it just needs to be championed by the right person.
 

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The federal tax credits for EVs could be restructured to make them refundable to those without sufficient tax liability to take advantage of them. That would help middle and lower income people buy an EV. In addition, restructured EV tax credits could focus on or be limited to US content in order to support on-shore manufacturing and employment. Those changes would support positions espoused by Trump. However, focusing on US content might not be supported by GM (Think LG contract.) and other manufacturers seeking to reduce their costs.

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The federal tax credits for EVs could be restructured to make them refundable to those without sufficient tax liability to take advantage of them. That would help middle and lower income people buy an EV. In addition, restructured EV tax credits could focus on or be limited to US content in order to support on-shore manufacturing and employment. Those changes would support positions espoused by Trump. However, focusing on US content might not be supported by GM (Think LG contract.) and other manufacturers seeking to reduce their costs.

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I doubt anything that benefits the lower income over the middle class and wealthy will go through under Trump's administration. Especially if it is looked at as a "subsidy." Unfortunately, the oil industry was first to market, so they get to pay to politicians to block programs that help their competitors.

Also, I believe that the cost of employing Americans is less than the cost of employing South Koreans plus shipping, so LG would benefit by having a manufacturing presence in the United States. Imagine how good Trump would look if he could show off bringing thousands of jobs over to the United States from a foreign company?
 

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Sorry Ray. GM is not going to support hybrids or EVs in any coalition with Trump. Their go-to is SUVs and cheap oil.

Money talks; all others walk.
 

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Perhaps a review of the President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness is in order.

“.....most government policy is anti-growth......” -- Jeffrey Immelt council chair in a recent letter to stockholders

Mary Barra pushing EVs? You must be kidding. Pass whatever it is you're smoking please, I'd like a hit.

Say, is that Mary in the Director and Chairman, Finance and Benefit Plans Committee slot at General Dynamics? What do you suppose they do over there that interests the incoming administration?

http://investorrelations.gd.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=85778&p=irol-govboard
 

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Surprised FORD CEO Fields wasn't also selected. His views probably line up with most of the auto industry. =/
http://insideevs.com/ford-ceo-fields-we-will-fight-epas-2025-emission-mandate-ev-adoption-regs/

Good thing even Trump can't touch CARB and its ZEV mandate. That's what's really pushing the manufacturers to develop ZEVs, not CAFE. Manufacturers like Mazda have been able to keep up with CAFE requirements so far without a single hybrid/plug-in/fool cell in their lineup. Helps them a lot that most of their lineup is smaller vehicles, however.
 

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Last I checked there were no high tech exec on the panel. it's a shame that CEOs of some of the largest US companies aren not on the panel. I guess if you are not a strong supporter of the Donald, you are left out in the cold.
 

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Sorry Ray. GM is not going to support hybrids or EVs in any coalition with Trump. Their go-to is SUVs and cheap oil.

Money talks; all others walk.
So General Motors is wants to sell fewer trucks and SUV's, and pay more for ZEV credits??????

Where did you hear that from????

Right now, GM has the advantage over Ford, Dodge, and Toyota for heavy duty SUV's and pickups.

Why on earth would they flush that down the toilet?

https://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/Find.do?action=sbs&id=37640&id=37991&id=38123&id=38262

OK, that was a bit brutal, more realistic:

https://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/Find.do?action=sbs&id=37991&id=38123&id=38262&id=37642

SUV's

https://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/Find.do?action=sbs&id=37510&id=37855&id=38306&id=37678

Note: The Suburban is larger than other SUV's except it's brothers - Yukon XL and Escalade ESV, which are also large wheelbase versions.
 
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