GM Vice Chair Dismisses Global Warming, Blogs “Apology”
In a closed-door meeting with journalists in January, the Vice Chairman of General Motors, Bob Lutz, made some comments that would turn Al Gore from green to red. As cited in FrontBurner, he claimed:
“Global warming is a “total crock of sh*t.” “I’m a skeptic, not a denier. Having said that, my opinion doesn’t matter.” “[With the battery-driven Volt], I’m motivated more by the desire to replace imported oil than by the CO2 (argument).”
Lutz, a powerful figure in the auto industry, naturally suffered some serious backlash. In an attempt at damage control, he posted a statement on GM’s blog last week:
“What [people] should be doing, in earnest, is forming opinions not about me but about GM, and what this company is doing that is — and will continue to be — hugely beneficial to the very causes they so enthusiastically claim to support.
General Motors is dedicated to the removal of cars and trucks from the environmental equation, period….GM is working on just that – and we’re going to keep working on it — via E85, hybrids, hydrogen and fuel cells, and the electrification of the automobile.”
Too bad companies are just big groups of people, run by smaller groups of people, one of which is Lutz. If he expresses this opinion–one apparently so antithetical to his company’s–what message does that send? What good is a brand with a conscience if it’s employees lack one? However, if GM is truly forging ahead with hybrids (which Lutz says “make no economical sense”) it seems to be listening more to the public than its vice chairmen. Thank goodness for crowdsourcing.