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Facing Global Competition, General Motors Tries To Reboot (Again) In Deep South

A French reporter travels to the Tennessee location of a once and maybe future auto plant, as GM looks ready to bet on a regional workforce that is better trained than foreign rivals – and cheaper than Detroit.

Spring Hill, Tennessee (Legacy Images)
Spring Hill, Tennessee (Legacy Images)
Sylvain Cypel

SPRING HILL - After outsourcing, re-sourcing! Michael O'Rourke, President of Section 1853 of the United Auto Workers (UAW) expects a pair of new assembly lines two years from now in Spring Hill, Tennessee. There, if the negotiation with the union is accomplished, General Motors will restart the production of cars at this factory which was shut down two years ago, and renounce on-the-spot its earlier plans to open a factory in Mexico.

Summary of the past few episodes: In City Hall, a headline from the local daily, The Tennessean, on July 27 1985 proclaimed: "Saturn Has Landed," predicting the arrival of 20,000 new jobs. In reality, even at the height of production, there weren't more than 7,200 employees working at GM in Spring Hill.

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The Bogus Concept Of "Carbon-Neutral" Oil

The Colombian president recently said that the country had exported one million barrels of carbon-neutral or offset oil. But in an unregulated carbon market, such a claim is pure greenwashing.

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María Mónica Monsalve Sánchez

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BOGOTÁ - In March this year, various national and corporate leaders met in Houston, Texas, for CERAWeek, an annual conference to discuss the world's energy challenges. Colombia's President Iván Duque took the opportunity to remind participants that his country produced just 0.6% of the world's carbon emissions even as it had raised crude production to one million barrels a day.

He said oil should not be seen as an enemy, since the fight was really against greenhouse gas emissions. He also revealed at the event that the country's national oil firm, Ecopetrol, had sold the Asian market its first million barrels of carbon-neutral or offset crude, consisting of the entire extraction, production and exportation chain.

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