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GM temporarily halts production of Volt
The Hill ^ | 03/02/12 03:39 PM ET | Keith Laing

Posted on 03/03/2012 8:15:02 AM PST by null and void

General Motors has temporarily suspended production of its Volt electric car, the company announced Friday. 

GM, which is based in Detroit, announced to employees at one of its facilities that it was halting production of the beleaguered electric car for five weeks and temporarily laying off 1,300 employees.

A GM spokesman told The Hill on Friday that production of the Volt would resume April 23.

"We needed to maintain proper inventory and make sure that we continued to meet market demand," GM spokesman Chris Lee said in a telephone interview.

Lee noted that sales of the Volt were higher in February than they were in January, and added that California recently decided to allow the electric car to qualify for High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes in the state.

"We see positive trends, but we needed to make this market adjustment," he said.

The Chevy Volt has come under criticism from Republicans in Congress because of reports of its batteries catching on fire during testing. President Obama gave the electric vehicle a vote of confidence in a speech to the United Auto Workers union this week, promising he would buy a Volt "five years from now, when I'm not president anymore." 

But Republicans have argued that the Volt was being pushed by the Obama administration for political reasons instead of consumer demand.

“Is the commitment to the American public or is the commitment to clean energy, that we are going to get there any way we can?” Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) asked in a hearing in the House in January about the Volt's reported battery fires.  

“When the market is ready … it won’t have to be subsidized,” Kelly said. 

Chevy has argued the debate about the Volt has become too political. 

"We did not develop the Chevy Volt to be a political punching bag," General Motors CEO Daniel Akerson testified before Congress in the same January hearing. "We engineered the Volt to be a technological wonder."

Chevy has sought to give a boost to the public image of the Volt, releasing a commercial in January tying the Volt to the effort to reduce dependence on foreign oil. 

"This isn’t just the car we wanted to build,” a narrator says in the commercial over footage of Volts being manufactured in Hamtramck, Mich. “This is the car America had to build.”


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government
KEYWORDS: chevrolet; chevy; fail; failedbailout; generalmotors; michigan
Well, buh bye...
1 posted on 03/03/2012 8:15:05 AM PST by null and void
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To: null and void

The Volt has developed a “short.”

Buahahahahahahaha!

Watch for a 100% tax credit, along with a federal grant program to buy one.


2 posted on 03/03/2012 8:17:39 AM PST by Candor7 (Obama fascist info..http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html)
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To: null and void

3 posted on 03/03/2012 8:17:39 AM PST by mkjessup (Romney is to conservatism what e.coli is to an all-you-can-eat salad bar. NO ROMNEY!!!)
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To: null and void

:: ...”We engineered the Volt to be a technological wonder.”...“This is the car America had to build.” ::

So, why isn’t (the non-bailed-out) Ford Motor Company building one for the current market?


4 posted on 03/03/2012 8:21:01 AM PST by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations - The acronym explains the science.)
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To: Candor7

It was a urban-only type vehicle in the end. No one out in some rural area was ever going to buy it. With the price tag....no one in their teens or twenties were going to desire it. Toss in the $2k cost to buy the garage charger and install it....and possibly hooking up to the industrial grid machine (not the cheaper home grid costs)....and you had something that wasn’t marketable. A dozen books will be written on the demise of this, and how America failed the Volt, or how the Volt failed America.

The sad thing is that if there was a market for it....it would have been a winner. There just isn’t a market for it today.


5 posted on 03/03/2012 8:21:15 AM PST by pepsionice
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

Why indeed?


6 posted on 03/03/2012 8:26:14 AM PST by null and void (Day 1137 of America's ObamaVacation from reality [Heroes aren't made, Frank, they're cornered...])
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To: pepsionice
The sad thing is that if there was a market for it....it would have been a winner. There just isn’t a market for it today.

Usually you try to figure that out before you start production.

7 posted on 03/03/2012 8:28:05 AM PST by ILS21R (Never give up.)
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To: null and void

GM’s current tv ad where the smug Volt owner is questioned by the fast food geniuses has to be killing them.

The stated 35 mile range (probably max on an electrical charge) is waking up the independents, who have ignored our warnings on the Volt.

One of our younger relatives rides his bike/bikes with a group of 40 something bike riders. Often they ride 70 to 100 miles each Saturday. He has put this 35 mile reality to the other riders. If they had bike troubles and their significant other had a Volt, they would need gas to help them on many days. Most have no arguements just a sheepish shrug.

Another younger relative caught the Fox Business group reviewing the Volt, and one of the liberal in the Fox group said that he was against members of the so called 1% making $150+ per year getting his/our tax $’s as an incentive to buy a Volt.

Our relative is hammering his peers and fellow workers with that reality. Most of these people are in fairly high tax brackets and are very sensitive to taxes at this time of the year. He told one semi Pro Volt guy that a lot of his tax $’s were going to a rich left wing yuppie to buy a Volt to be in the smug green crowd.


8 posted on 03/03/2012 8:28:17 AM PST by Grampa Dave (ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION IS DESTROYING AMERICA-LOOK AT WHAT IT DID TO THE WHITE HOUSE!)
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To: pepsionice

Why isn’t the Volt selling well in liberal places such as San Francisco? Aren’t there enough liberals out there to make their political statement and buy this car?


9 posted on 03/03/2012 8:28:25 AM PST by Dilbert San Diego
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To: null and void

The Volt has developed a “short.”

Buahahahahahahaha!

Watch for a 100% tax credit, along with a federal grant program to buy one.


10 posted on 03/03/2012 8:28:42 AM PST by Candor7 (Obama fascist info..http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html)
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To: null and void
""We engineered the Volt to be a technological wonder." "

It's a "wonder" alright...it's a wonder it makes it 25 miles on a 24-hour charge.

It takes 24 hours to equal one gallon of gasoline.

That means if I want to drive, say, from Atlanta to Augusta, about 100 miles, I will need to stop four times, for at least 8 hours to charge it up again (IF I can find a place equipped to charge it), that's about 32 hours to cover a distance my gasoline powered car cando in about 2 hours...if I stick to the speed limit.

Who wants to tolerate this ridiculousness to passify a gaggle of enviromental occupiers?

I hear that obama said he'd buy a "Volt" when he leaves office...I predict, he won't. He's too lazy, and he and the "queen" are too spoiled on the trappings of royalty to be seen in such a dumpy little car.

It will still be limosines and caviar for the chosen one, even after he is out of office.

The Volt is an excuse obama to do nothing else about energy. It's a "vehicle" for him to pay back the unions and to throw a monkey wrench into the American industrial complex.

Chevy calling the Volt a "technological wonder" makes me wonder about the other cars in their future...for instance, will they all come with a one-gallon gas tank? Will they all catch fire?

The "Volt" is a four letter word and a mechanical representation of the obama administration.

VOLT TRAILER, VOLT WITH TRAILER
11 posted on 03/03/2012 8:29:52 AM PST by FrankR (You are only enslaved to the extent of the entitlements you receive.)
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To: pepsionice

How could there be a market for it? There are quite a few cars on the road that beat the hell out of a Volt. The Smart Car costs about $16k I think. You could buy two for the cost of a Volt after rebate. It parks in a smaller spot and has more range.

I still remember going ballistic by email on a Denver reporter for calling that thing the “all-electric” Chevy Volt at the car show. I asked him why an all-electric car has a tailpipe. He answered that GM told him to call it that. I wrote, “Are you a reporter or a shill for GM and the govt?” Never got an answer back on that one.


12 posted on 03/03/2012 8:30:04 AM PST by SaxxonWoods (....The days are long, but the years are short.....)
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To: mkjessup

I’ve found that the fire really helps me reach my destination faster.


13 posted on 03/03/2012 8:32:38 AM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: FrankR

Obama will buy a Volt. He won’t drive it after the photo op, it will sit in a garage except when his girls putt around his driveway in it.


14 posted on 03/03/2012 8:33:46 AM PST by SaxxonWoods (....The days are long, but the years are short.....)
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To: ILS21R

“Usually you try to figure that out before you start production.”

This is a government project. Enough said.


15 posted on 03/03/2012 8:37:01 AM PST by lurk
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To: null and void

It was rhetorical, actually.

FMC is still making “business decisions” and not government dictated actions; they are still market driven and their sales numbers show it.

From personal observation out here in the Permian Basin, 75% of fleet vehicles are FMC.


16 posted on 03/03/2012 8:40:05 AM PST by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations - The acronym explains the science.)
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To: FrankR
I hear that obama said he'd buy a "Volt" when he leaves office...I predict, he won't. He's too lazy, and he and the "queen" are too spoiled on the trappings of royalty to be seen in such a dumpy little car.
It will still be limousines and caviar for the chosen one, even after he is out of office.


Not if due to some wild and unforeseen circumstances they end up with the 'Ceausescu' retirement plan. LOL
17 posted on 03/03/2012 8:42:57 AM PST by mkjessup (Romney is to conservatism what e.coli is to an all-you-can-eat salad bar. NO ROMNEY!!!)
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To: Candor7
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18 posted on 03/03/2012 8:43:39 AM PST by baddog 219
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel
(From an ad circa 1985)

That's not a fair comparison, people like the Macintosh...

19 posted on 03/03/2012 8:44:27 AM PST by null and void (Day 1137 of America's ObamaVacation from reality [Heroes aren't made, Frank, they're cornered...])
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To: null and void
Lee noted that sales of the Volt were higher in February than they were in January, and added that California recently decided to allow the electric car to qualify for High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes in the state.

That is it, problem solved...LOL... people are now going to buy the Chevy Volt by the millions, pay 30% more than a regular car just to use the HOV lanes... It would be very funny if not so insulting for any human with an IQ over 80...

20 posted on 03/03/2012 8:44:37 AM PST by jveritas (God bless our brave troops)
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To: null and void
General Motors has temporarily suspended production of its Volt electric car, the company announced Friday.

When does 0bama give a speech stating:

"It's not perfect but without it it would be MUCH worse"?

21 posted on 03/03/2012 8:44:41 AM PST by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: FrankR
"technological wonder"

lol The concept of this "technological wonder" is well over 100 years old. There was a REASON manufacturers went with gasoline powered engines back then. Those same reasons apply today. The objective of the liberals today is to distort the markets to a point where gasoline is cost prohibitive compared to electricity. They are going to turn the world upside down to make this happen. This is going to TOTALLY screw those of us living in rural areas. They don't give a rat's ass about us anyway. We don't fit within their grand vision of America. The liberals will just tell us to move to the cities.

22 posted on 03/03/2012 8:47:11 AM PST by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: pepsionice

There just isn’t a market for it today.>>>>>>>>>>>>>

I agree, no market for the Volt, for a vehicle that catches fire or its charging stations catch fire.

Its a multi thousand dollar match stick. I definitely think Obama should drive one several hours each day. Maybe we would get lucky.


23 posted on 03/03/2012 8:47:49 AM PST by Candor7 (Obama fascist info..http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks null and void.
Lee noted that sales of the Volt were higher in February than they were in January, and added that California recently decided to allow the electric car to qualify for High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes in the state.

24 posted on 03/03/2012 8:50:12 AM PST by SunkenCiv (FReep this FReepathon!)
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To: KoRn
It is in the communists' plan to move us all into cities where we will be easier to corral and monitor.

The liberals are all about "group-think" anyway so it would suit them too a tee.

People grouped in cities provide fewer places to have meetings to overthrow tyranny, and makes it easier to control who has guns, and who doesn't.

It's all about controlling "the herd".
25 posted on 03/03/2012 8:51:58 AM PST by FrankR (You are only enslaved to the extent of the entitlements you receive.)
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To: null and void
Has anyone seen this:

I saw a Volt state propaganda release and they called the Volt, the Extended Range Volt.

Is there a new version where they did something to the car so it goes farther on batteries or is this merely an advertizing weasel word?

26 posted on 03/03/2012 8:54:01 AM PST by Lx (Do you like it, do you like it. Scott? I call it Mr. and Mrs. Tennerman chili.)
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To: FrankR; All
"It takes 24 hours [on normal 120 volt household power] to equal one gallon of gasoline." (my insertion) That means if you were going to deliver the equivalent of one gallon of gas to your Volt in one hour, you'd need 24 times as much voltage at the same amperage, or 2,880 volts. To say the least, that's one helluva lot of juice, indeed more than enough to make practical charging stations electrocution stations. Just call up your local prison and offer your charging station as a hookup for their electric chair.
27 posted on 03/03/2012 8:54:24 AM PST by libstripper
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To: FrankR

Uuuuhhh, is the generator solar powered or wind powered? Curious minds want to know the details....:)))


28 posted on 03/03/2012 9:01:30 AM PST by jennings2004 (57 states? Kansas or Texas? American geography is so complicated....:)))
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To: null and void

29 posted on 03/03/2012 9:01:58 AM PST by Daffynition (On Andrew Breitbart: In his honor, I'll fight harder...He'll be back and he'll be millions.)
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To: Lx
The **Extended Range** you speak of, relates to the amount of *hope* or chance you have in getting a date in one of those cars.


30 posted on 03/03/2012 9:08:06 AM PST by Daffynition (On Andrew Breitbart: In his honor, I'll fight harder...He'll be back and he'll be millions.)
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To: null and void
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31 posted on 03/03/2012 9:10:28 AM PST by baddog 219
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To: null and void

Its an Albatross car.

Absolutely everything Obama has backed, or endorsed has or is about to fail.


32 posted on 03/03/2012 9:12:03 AM PST by Eye of Unk (Liberals need not reply.)
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To: ILS21R

Actually, that is code language to Obammie the Commie that he has to drive up gas-at-the-pump even higher if he wants to force Americans to drive this garbage (or opt for public(ly-funded) transportation)


33 posted on 03/03/2012 9:13:38 AM PST by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (Prepare for survival. (Ron Paul is the Lyndon Larouche of the 21st century.))
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To: null and void

I understand that the real reason to close the plant - and it’s only temporary - is to re-tool the plant for better fireproofing.


34 posted on 03/03/2012 9:15:48 AM PST by C210N
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To: Daffynition

Reminds me of Jesse Racist Jackson with his stupid, “Keep hope alive Keep hope alive Keep hope alive Keep hope alive Keep hope alive Keep hope alive Keep hope alive”.


35 posted on 03/03/2012 9:16:01 AM PST by Lx (Do you like it, do you like it. Scott? I call it Mr. and Mrs. Tennerman chili.)
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To: mkjessup

Reminds me of a picture of another dork riding in a tank.


36 posted on 03/03/2012 9:28:21 AM PST by ltbigv
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To: FrankR
That means if I want to drive, say, from Atlanta to Augusta, about 100 miles, I will need to stop four times, for at least 8 hours to charge it up again (IF I can find a place equipped to charge it), that's about 32 hours to cover a distance my gasoline powered car cando in about 2 hours...if I stick to the speed limit.

Actually this piece of junk is a hybrid and you wouldn't need to stop at all, the car would simply switch to the small gas engine, thus becoming a CO2 polluting machine along with all the other gas burning cars on the road(no need for sarc tag there I don't think). This car does not get the so called mileage it claims for the simple fact that if you want to take a major trip you will be on Gas most of the way. Say you want to take a long road trip, one that would take at least two days to get there. That would mean running on gas for all but the first 25-40 miles on the first day and when you stopped for the night there would be no charging station waiting for you so it would be all Gas on the second day and probably all gas on the return trip also.

This electric car BS is just that, BS, until such times as really good batteries are invented, which my never happen. Even so, there is really very little advantage with electricity since it has to be generated with some type of fuel for the most part, in order to charge the batteries.

Electric cars are the invention of the left to try and force US citizens to give up their freedom to travel where ever they wish in their gas powered cars.

37 posted on 03/03/2012 10:03:41 AM PST by calex59
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To: Dilbert San Diego

San Fagsisco has too many hills for the Chevy Dolt.


38 posted on 03/03/2012 10:20:12 AM PST by bray (More Batting Practice for the Bambino)
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To: calex59
“I saw a Volt state propaganda release and they called the Volt, the ‘Extended Range Volt’.”

That would be the ‘Real World’ Volt that gets 25 miles on a battery charge instead of the 40 miles claimed. The Volt is the perfect example of a government program whereby one cannot pickup a turd by the clean end.

Last year, one of the UK papers decided to replicate the 19th century London-Glasgow Express Coach (pulled by horses) run using a cutting-edge 21st century electric car. The distance is slightly less than 400 miles. The horse-drawn coach took two days (including 1-1/2 hours to change teams every 20-25 miles). The EV took four days with 9 recharging stops averaging 8 hours. We certainly got a demonstration of 21st century technology and progress — didn't we?

39 posted on 03/03/2012 10:43:28 AM PST by MasterGunner01 (11)
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To: Dilbert San Diego
Why isn’t the Volt selling well in liberal places such as San Francisco?

It is not practical. SF has lots of hills, and lots of stop and go traffic. That stated 35mpg would probably equate to 20mpg or less in SF. In the last couple years, I have only seen one Volt in SF. There are lots of Priuses and other hybrids that cost less than half the price of the Volt in SF. People here tend to go for compact cars that fit in tiny parking spots, as parking is scarce. The money you save by not buying a Volt can fill a lot of parking meters.

40 posted on 03/03/2012 10:47:55 AM PST by roadcat
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But I just saw a commercial on TV that said the Volt was the car that America “had to build.”

How can this be?

Mark


41 posted on 03/03/2012 10:58:27 AM PST by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: MarkL
the Volt was the car that America “had to build.”

Well that's true.

Commissar Baraq said to.

42 posted on 03/03/2012 11:01:48 AM PST by nascarnation (DEFEAT BARAQ 2012 DEPORT BARAQ 2013)
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To: roadcat
SF has lots of hills, and lots of stop and go traffic. That stated 35mpg would probably equate to 20mpg or less in SF.

For its size, it's a very heavy car. Going uphill would thus use a lot of energy. Some of which may be recouped under braking going downhill. (I presume it has regenerative braking.)

But stop and go traffic is perhaps the only situation where an electric car has a real advantage: Electric motors do not need to idle.

43 posted on 03/03/2012 12:16:23 PM PST by Moltke (Always retaliate first.)
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To: null and void

Perhaps Obama will call the workers and tell them “think small”, your American dream has been downsized.


44 posted on 03/03/2012 2:04:54 PM PST by csvset
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To: Moltke
But stop and go traffic is perhaps the only situation where an electric car has a real advantage: Electric motors do not need to idle.

Not an advantage. Stop and go traffic means brake lights are constantly used. Also factor in use of headlights, heater, radio and electronics monitoring devices and you have a big drain on power for very few miles of forward motion. My daughter has a hybrid Altima, and the regenerative brakes can be heard kicking in going down hills, so that restores some power, but not all that was used going uphill (basic physics). Regular hybrids are much better than the Volt (best use of gasoline-powered engines combined with electric motors).

45 posted on 03/03/2012 9:19:40 PM PST by roadcat
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To: roadcat

I didn’t claim that whatever electrics there are on a car do not use energy. But these also use additonal power on gasoline engines (via the alternator - no ‘free lunch’ there either!).

The gasoline engine has a base line consumption at idle - which the electric motor does not. That’s all I’m saying.

For the record: I am no fan of either all-electric cars or hybrids, for a multitude of reasons (mostly because non of them appeal to me in any way whatsoever).


46 posted on 03/04/2012 2:01:05 PM PST by Moltke (Always retaliate first.)
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