A number of groups have been protesting at the ongoing Detroit Auto Show against two of America’s three biggest automotive groups, namely General Motors and Ford.
Among them is a group denouncing Ford’s environmental record. According to The Detroit Free Press, a number of activists gathered outside Cobo Center where the Detroit Auto Show is being held with a series of inflatable Tyrannosaurus Rex models, including one that’s 10-feet tall.
They told reporters that they’re using a T-Rex because the annual pollution emitted from the Ford Explorer is said to be 9 tons, the equivalent of the weight of arguably the world’s most recognizable (and fierce) dinosaur. Activists also assert that Ford was one of the car manufacturers to lobby the Trump administration to ease fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions standards.
A series of other protests are planned for the Detroit Auto Show. For example, the United Automotive Workers union (UAW) will hold a prayer vigil at Hart Plaza in Detroit to pray for their jobs. This comes after General Motors revealed that it will idle a series of plants this year.
The Detroit Coalition for a Green New Deal will also protest GM’s decision to shutter factories in North America in front of Cobo Center. U.S. Republican Rashida Tlaib will join the protest that’s especially focused on GM’s decision to end production at its Detroit Hamtramck facility which currently handles production of the Chevrolet Volt.
Finally, Canada’s automaker union Unifor will increase pressure on GM in a bid to force a change of heart after the company’s announcement that it will idle the Oshawa Assembly Plant in Ontario.
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Bill Ford is speaking at the Detroit Auto Show touting his company, which consistently lies about its commitment to the climate. We’re LIVE outside trolling him with a 10 foot TRex.The weight of one T-Rex = the annual pollution emitted from one Ford Expedition.
Gepostet von Public Citizen am Donnerstag, 17. Januar 2019