Category Archives: Transportation

Detroit — Death Throes of an Industry?

By David L. Brown I have written several pieces about Detroit in the last week or so, and today there is even more news to raise concern about the future of the American automobile industry. The problems continue to mount. … Continue reading

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Awesome Tidbits from the News

By David L. Brown Here is a brief synopsis of some news items that are relevant to recent postings on Star Phoenix Base. Oil Prices Continue to Rise — Is No End in Sight? We wrote a few days back … Continue reading

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High Crimes and Misdemeanors in Detroit

By David L. Brown I can’t help wondering at the mess Detroit finds itself in. Can it really be that the geniuses that run GM, Ford and Chrysler didn’t see the end coming for the giant gas-guzzling monstrosities they’ve been … Continue reading

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Say Hello to Five Dollar Gasoline

By David L. Brown Here is an image from California to help put the effects of the Oil Peak into perspective. Remember way back when, in those distant days of yore when we were talking about the possibility of four … Continue reading

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Innovative New Vehicles Showcase the Future

By David L. Brown Yesterday I wrote two pieces that were rather disrespectful of two American icons, first General Motors and then Ford Motor Company. These companies are facing deadly serious trouble because they are stuck in the past, in … Continue reading

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Another Big Auto Dinosaur Stumbles to Extinction

By David L. Brown Earlier today I posted a long rant about General Motors, which apparently has had a “Road to Damascus” epiphany about 40 years too late and has decided to close four plants dedicated to making big SUVs … Continue reading

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Far Too Late, GM Finally Wakes to Reality

By David L. Brown Still having doubts that Peak Oil with the resulting high prices for gasoline and diesel fuel will cause economic changes? Read this lede graf from a FoxNews.com report this morning: General Motors Chief Executive Rick Wagoner … Continue reading

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Flying the Unfriendly Skies into Oblivion

By David L. Brown The stark headline on the BBC web site read “Oil hits $100 barrel.” For months, even years that moment had been feared and awaited with trepidation, not least by the airline industry with its enormous appetite … Continue reading

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Nissan Leading the Way to a Greener Future

By David L. Brown Too many in the world of business and industry, not to mention that odorous morass we know as politics, seem committed to studiously ignoring the need to develop more efficient, “green” alternatives to our present last-century … Continue reading

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BMW Launches an “H-Bomb”

By David L. Brown Just ask an expert on alternative fuels — someone with impeccable credentials in the field such as George Bush or Arnold Schwarzenegger — and they will tell you that hydrogen fueled vehicles are the undisputed wave … Continue reading

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