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In 2009, the U.S. government paid $50 billion to bail out Detroit-based automaker General Motors. In the end, the government would end up losing $11.2 billion on the deal.

Government efforts saved 1.5 million jobs in the United States and a sizable portion of an industry that helped define America in the twentieth century.

As part of the auto industry's upheaval in the wake of the Great Recession, the United Automobile Workers (UAW) made sacrifices in contracts to help put the company on a solid footing after the government bailout.

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GM Is Reusing Oil-Soaked Booms in the Chevy Volt

Remember those plastic booms they used to clean up oil from the Deepwater Horizon Spill? They're being turned into car parts.


Remember those plastic booms they used to clean up oil from the Deepwater Horizon Spill? General Motors has announced it will repurpose 100 miles of the boom used off the Alabama and Louisiana coasts to create "under hood parts" for the Chevy Volt.

More than 100,000 pounds of plastic resin will be created by recycling this boom, which means that there will be 100,000 fewer pounds of waste from the Gulf oil spill. The recycling process involved several steps including the removal of oil and wastewater from the collected booms, preparing the plastics for die-mold production and ultimately creating the components. GM worked with several companies during this multi-step process including Heritage Environmental, Mobile Fluid Recovery, Lucent Polymers and GDC Inc.

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