The North American Earth Liberation Front Press Office has issued a statement against the proposed bailout for the ‘big 3’ automakers. In particular, the release voices their opposition to bailing out General Motors due to their resistance to improving fuel-efficiency.
“General Motors deserves bankruptcy,” said Jason Crawford, a press officer for the ELF. “Fully aware of America’s dependence on foreign oil and the horrific environmental impact of the Hummer—an 8,500-pound monstrosity that yields an average of 10-mpg—GM continued producing gas-guzzling, polluting vehicles.”
Crawford, who acts as an above-ground representative for the ELF, criticized GM for killing off their EV1 electric car in the ‘90s in order to promote the gas-guzzling Hummer H2. Meanwhile, foreign automakers like Toyota and Honda, which are in much better financial shape now, began working on more fuel-efficient vehicles like the Prius and Insight.
The ELF, a decentralized group ranked as the top ‘domestic terrorist’ threat by the FBI, is notorious for their arson attacks on car dealerships, housing developments, and other projects they deem to be intrusive or damaging to the environment. In 2003, they famously destroyed over 40 Hummers and other vehicles in California. The press office estimates that while no one has ever been physically harmed, the ELF has caused of $150 million in damages since their first action in the United States in 1996.
But Crawford said the tactics might not have been terribly effective.
“Instead of targeting Hummer and SUV dealerships over the last few years, the ELF should have put General Motors out of business years ago with well-placed incendiary devices in Detroit,” he said.