Regarding Keith Crain's May 4 column, "Fed-run GM: A formula for disaster": Amen.
Crain conveyed my long-held sentiments well. Since gasoline prices shot past $4 a gallon, I have been amazed that the auto industry and other major industries haven't insisted that the government implement a sensible energy policy -- i.e., one focused on energy independence and relatively stable oil (gasoline) prices.
Business planning and product planning become impossible with those wild fluctuations in energy prices. The American consumer finds it impossible to determine what kind of vehicle to purchase.
Likewise, how can automakers plan on anything without having a clue as to what the energy policy will be and what fuel prices will be two to five years out? They can't.
Auto companies are being whipsawed by this lack of a reasonable, stable energy source.
Example: Ford has decided to hold off on a small diesel for its F-150 pickup because gasoline prices are now about $2 a gallon and diesel fuel is more expensive. Ford should have introduced that engine three or four years ago; so should other manufacturers of light trucks.
Raising fuel prices to artificially high amounts is not the answer to stabilizing the market.
A rational and common-sense approach to energy production is the answer.
Get the federal government out of our auto companies, and get this country on the road to energy independence.
Wind, solar, ethanol, biofuels, fuel cell and all-electric aren't the answer in today's market, nor is taxing industries and the public to death, which is the direction this government is headed.