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Ford And GM, Among Others, Were Aware Of Climate Change More Than 50 Years Ago

For no other reason than to make more money, car companies like Ford and GM invested in keeping the status quo

  • Despite findings, nothing was done at the time to reduce emissions.

  • Both companies, among others, opposed efforts to lover GHG.

  • The American Automobile Manufacturers Association created ads to dispel emissions as an issue.

This is not entirely new news. Most car companies, and fossil-fuel companies, have been aware that something was going on in relation to emissions and climate change. The bit of news is that a recent investigation has unearthed hundreds of pages of documents that prove that Ford and GM that they’ve known about greenhouse gas emissions since the 1960s.

2021 GMC Yukon AT4 | Photo: GMC

Ford and General Motors scientists conducted various studies and tests in the ‘60s and discovered that GHG emissions clearly had a negative effect on the environment. At the time, car companies were actively engaged in figuring out how their vehicles affected the climate. Their scientists discovered and confirmed that cars were in fact responsible for pollution and global warming. These same scientists presented their findings to high-level executives at the time.

As reported by (worth the read), not only did the companies dismiss the findings but they rallied against them. Carroll Muffett, president and CEO of the Center for International Environmental Law, said: “We also know that certainly by the 1980s and 1990s, the auto industry was involved in efforts to undermine climate science and stop progress to address climate change,” In fact, Ford and GM joined the Global Climate Coalition, a group opposing efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions during the George H.W. Bush administration.

2021 Ford F-150
2021 Ford F-150 | Photo: Ford

By the mid and late-90s, Ford and GM introduced some of the first EVs for the market however we know what happened to them… Today, however, both carmakers are committed to introducing electric vehicles and investing heavily in their development.

Now, Ford and GM are not alone in having acted like this in the past. Simply Google Exxon and /or petroleum industry and global warming and parallels between the companies and industries can easily be drawn.

Saturn EV1 | Photo: GM


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Matt St-Pierre
Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai


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