Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Global warming is a "total crock of shit." -Bob Lutz

Wow! Barely a month in, and GM Vice Chairman Maximum Bob Lutz pulls way ahead for our first annual Douchebag of the Year Award.

During a closed-door session with several journalists, the ex-marine stated that global warming is a “total crock of shit.” Then he added: “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).”
[via Jalopnik]

This is the same guy who cried that the 35mpg CAFE standards (which don't go into full effect for another twelve years) would push the cost of GM products up by an average of $6,000 by 2010. Interestingly enough, the night before, Toyota Motor Company president Katsuaki Watanabe embraced the legislation and promised that Toyota would meet the standards ahead of schedule as part of it's commitment to responsible design.

Oh, and GM lost about $37 BILLION last year.

Bob Lutz business card
Bob's business card, via the New York Times

How can Michigan's economy be in such horrible shape with bold, forward-thinking visionaries like Bob Lutz running things?

For all the other douchebags out there, don't fret - there are still over 10 months to pick up your game. But you must ask yourself, "does my douchery affect tens of millions of people?" The bar has been set.

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