When we last left GM Vice Chair Bob Lutz, he had dismissed global warming as a “total crock of shit” (see “General Motors is full of crocks“). That would be Vice Chair of Global Product Development, not, say, a finance or sales guy, but somebody who is in charge of scientists, engineers, technicians, and oh, I don’t know, the entire future product line of the largest U.S. automaker.
So this bastion of good judgment goes on cable TV’s leading ridicule-fest, The Colbert Report — justification enough to fire him for cause — to plug the Volt, as it were, and goes Cro-Magnon again:
NUTSLUTZ: I accept that the planet is heated, but like many noted scientists, I don’t believe in the CO2 theory.
COLBERTCOLBERT: … It’s just sunspot activity.
NUTSLUTZ: In the opinion of about 32,000 of the world’s leading scientists, yes.
Well, I accept that Lutz is a human being, but like many noted scientists, I don’t believes he is evidence of the evolution theory.
Anyway, responding to a piece on Huffingtonpost by Josh Nelson, “General Motors Executive Doesn’t Recognize Global Warming as Fact — He Should Be Fired,” GM’s Director of News Relations, Tom Wilkinson, had this helpful comment:
Increased energy efficiency and reduced petroleum use are desirable for a lot of reasons. There is no reason a three-dimensional human being (like Bob Lutz) can’t be skeptical about global warming orthodoxy and still be wildly passionate about more efficient vehicles. Which he is, by the way.As for GM policy, it is set by a board of directors and a senior leadership group, not by one individual. And you might be surprised to find that dissenting voices are welcome within GM. In fact, they are encouraged.
A few of these comments also ring of age discrimination — not so good…
GM is as transparent as any company about what it is and isn’t doing in the environmental area. So if you are interested in looking beyond your biases, please visit our media site: http://media.gm.com/us/gm/en/.
So anti-scientific voices are welcome within GM. Racists and sexists, too? Yes, wouldn’t want to discriminate against out-of-touch idiots. And I agree the commenters who called Lutz an “old geezer”or an “old stodgy businessman.” Oops, was that agist of me? But wait, Wilkinson might be surprised to find that dissenting voices against stupidity at any age are what the blogosphere is all about.
Anyone who buys into the long debunked sunspot nonsense is not a three-dimensional person, but a one-dimensional cartoon (see “Fred Thompson, Global Warming Denier and Sun Worshiper“). As for the 32,000 scientists nonsense, see A. Siegel’s “Lutz remains a Putz on Global Warming denial“). Lutz should be kept far, far away from any executive decisions at a major technology-based company.
Oh and anybody who thinks GM is transparent about what it is and isn’t doing in the environmental area — like, say, being the leading funder of efforts to block higher fuel economy standards — well, I have some sunspots I’d like to sell you (see “Thumbs up for Pelosi, Dingell, Nissan. Thumbs down for Toyota, GM, Ford, Washington Post” and “Live Greenwash, Go Yellow“).
[By the way, all the eco-conscious women who read this blog should be sure to watch the video until the end. It will make your day.]