James Hoggan's blog
- GM Vice Chairman Bob Lutz
We don’t often agree with GM’s head of product development, but on this point, Bob Lutz has a point.
As we reported the other day, Lutz is the quotable character who is struggling to position GM as a conscientious green company, even while continuing to deny climate change and to blame his company’s disastrous condition on everyone but management.
In his most recent gaffe, Lutz told CBS News today that whoever is charged with monitoring the U.S. government’s auto-industry bailout should look harshly on the negative impact caused by California fuel regulations.
Among the most galling visions, as U.S. carmakers stand cap-in-hand before the American people, is the site of a preening GM Vice President Bob Lutz pretending to be green.
Lutz is firmly on the record as someone who is too lazy, too ideologically hidebound or just too stupid to look at the latest robust and frightening science of climate change. He has dismissed global warming as “a total crock of shit,” saying that he puts his faith in the signatories of the laughable Oregon petition.
Lutz has tried to reassure us in the past by saying, “My thoughts on what has or hasn’t been the cause of climate change have nothing to do with the decisions I make to advance the cause of General Motors.” Which raises an interesting question: why would Congress bet billions on a policy maker who would dismiss out of hand the biggest environmental crisis in human history, and then go on making self-destructive decisions that drive his company to the brink of bankruptcy?
Canada moves to protect U.S. market for dirty oil
The world enjoyed the first environmental dividend of an Obama presidency yesterday when a worried Canadian government proposed a joint North American action plan to address climate change.
Although it appeared that Canada's real goal was to ensure a continued U.S. market for its huge dirty-fuel tar sands project, this could still be a solid step toward a continental cap-and-trade program - which would be the first significant gesture from the world region that, so far, has been the least responsible in its approach to global warming.
Phil Clapp, the founder and president of the National Environmental Trust died suddenly yesterday. He was 54.
Phil's passing will strike a painful blow to the environmental movement generally and especially to the fight for sensible policy on climate change.