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Journeys : Jun Jul 2011
A dive in the archive General Motors Corporation believes that the sun and the sea can prov ide our future energy and material requirements. In the same edition of Motor News, we learn that: “The Zephyr-six is an outstanding car.” The year was 1953, and GM’s predictions were, for their time, insightful, even prophetic. “The sun would provide for ever y conceivable use of power if a reasonably efficient means could be found to convert or utilise its power,” s aid Mr Charles L McCuen, Vice President of General Motors Cor poration. Matters of more immediacy were also under debate in Motor News in 1953; especially what constituted dr unken driving and how such cases could be proved when brought before a judge. “Magistrates hesitate to convict unless proof is clearly beyond all reasonable doubt. Because of the Bench’s disinclination to convict, or of leniency in clear cases of culpability, the police feel a sense of frustration, leading, perhaps, to a lessening of zeal for taking palpably guilty persons into custody. “Doctors, too, are chary about declaring anyone intoxicated or affected by excessive drinking ... especially if there was a considerable time elapse between the laying of a police charge and a medical examination.” Green technology – it’s not so new after all Life on the move 24 June / July 2011
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