The good news is that GM made a lot of very exciting announcements today, and that the activists recognized that. But their point is still valid. GM has a very inefficient fleet, and has been slow to go after real-world, short-term solutions.
The Saturn Vue 2-mode hybrid, the promise of a plug-in version in the next few years, and maybe more interesting news on the horizon for Detroit are all far more near-term than their commitment to fuel cell vehicles. And, until today, we hadn't heard that kind of commitment to currently available near-term technologies from GM.
It's very comforting to see the interaction between activists who realize that auto companies are starting to move in sustainable directions, and auto-companies who are starting to realize that sustainability is extremely important to their business. It's like cats and dogs furtively cuddling in the chilly dawn of ecological instability. I find it extremely encouraging and kinda adorable.