Michael Moore, who first chronicled the problems of GM in the 1989 documentary Roger & Me, and who has criticized GM since the government began bailing it out in 2008, said goodbye to the company in a post on his website today. Moore's suggestion for GM's restructuring is to convert its factories to produce light rail, energy efficient buses, and alternative energy devices like solar panels, and for President Obama to declare an industrial/environmental effort akin to the manufacturing conversion to weapons production during World War II. He writes:
100 years ago this year, the founders of General Motors convinced the world to give up their horses and saddles and buggy whips to try a new form of transportation. Now it is time for us to say goodbye to the internal combustion engine. It seemed to serve us well for so long. We enjoyed the car hops at the A&W. We made out in the front -- and the back -- seat. We watched movies on large outdoor screens, went to the races at NASCAR tracks across the country, and saw the Pacific Ocean for the first time through the window down Hwy. 1. And now it's over. It's a new day and a new century. The President -- and the UAW -- must seize this moment and create a big batch of lemonade from this very sour and sad lemon.