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Should the US bail out General Motors?

Should the US government bail out a company that has resisted government and community calls for stricter environmental and safety standards?

General Motors and other car companies have continually resisted calls for their products to meet safety and environmental standards.

This reluctance to be a good corporate citizen has created huge environmental, social and economic consequences.

For example, the continual production and marketing of fuel guzzling motor vehicles for urban use has unnecessarily depleted global oil supplies and poured out carbon dioxide and various pollutants hazardous to human health.

The US government should spend this money on a major railway (light, heavy, freight and commuter) building program to redirect employment into sustainable industries and reduce the US contribution to global greenhouse gas emissions.

Making public transport available to more people is also a good way to ease the strain that petrol prices are having on already stretched household budgets.