McCain didn’t succeed (see Palin on CBS: “I’m not going to solely blame all of man’s activities on changes in climate” and Palin in debate STILL gets global warming backwards). And GM hasn’t done much better, at least on The Colbert Report (see GM’s Lutz is nuts).
Lutz has now adopted one Palin strategy. If you don’t want to or simply can’t answer a question, then don’t. Here is GM’s Vice Chair of Global Product Development on 60 Minutes yesterday:
Speaking about his own personal carbon footprint, Lutz acknowledges he and his wife own two helicopters and two jets.
“You have a terrible reputation with environmentalists, as you well know,” Stahl points out.
“Well, actually some of them like me but go ahead…,” Lutz replies.
“Well they don’t like what you said about global warming,” Stahl says. “Do you want to repeat what you said about global warming?”
“Of course not, because this is a family network,” Lutz says.
“You don’t think there’s global warming? Is that really true?” Stahl asks.
“I’m not going to get into this. Because…,” Lutz replies.
“Because you got into so much trouble when you said it the first time?” Stahl asks.
“That could be right. Yeah,” Lutz admits.
What Lutz said in January is, “man-made global warming is a crock of s…t.” So he’s no environmentalist.
And remember, this guy is just a heartbeat away from the chairmanship of General Motors.
Perhaps GM could take a lesson from the McCain campaign and just stop sending Lutz out to talk to the media. Is there really nobody else in the entire company who can talk to the media about electric cars, plug ins, and the Chevy Volt?