Congress must think the American people are a bunch of chumps.
Well, once again, lawmakers are going to give billions of dollars of bailout money to the very same industry leaders who so successfully destroyed their businesses in the first place.
That makes perfect sense.
Does Congress really expect us to believe the current crop of auto executives are willing–or able–to radically change their thinking in a way that meets the challenges of a 21st century transportation industry.
I have serious doubts.
Don’t believe me. Take a peek at the awesome leadership currently occupying General Motors Vice Chairman of Global Product Development slot. Meet Bob Lutz. Here are some of his greatest hits, courtesy of Think Progress.
1. Global warming is a “total crock of shit.”
Reuters reports that GM Vice Chairman Bob Lutz defended his previous remarks dismissing global warming as a “total crock of shit.” Lutz said his views had no bearing on GM’s commitment to build environmentally-friendly vehicles. He added that those “spewing virtual vitriol” at him for disparaging climate change were “missing the big picture.” “My thoughts on what has or hasn’t been the cause of climate change have nothing to do with the decisions I make,” Lutz alleged.
2. Sure, the planet may be warming, but it is due to sun spots and certainly not CO2 emissions.
Lutz: I accept that the planet is heated, but I, like many noted scientists, I don’t believe in the CO2 theory.
Colbert: Exactly! I just think that people are leaving their toaster ovens open. [Or] it’s just sun-spot activity.
Lutz: In the opinion of about 32,000 of the world’s leading scientists, yes.
3. Lutz still believes Americans want sports ultility vehicles and large pick-up trucks and thinks GM’s only electric car, the Chevy Volt, is weak and unattractive.
LUTZ: Let me just get one thing straight here: There’s a lot of talk about well, General Motors doesn’t make the right kind of cars or General Motors built trucks too long. At $1.50 per gallon, the American public wants sport utilities and large pickup trucks.
America and the environment can no longer afford to support welfare dinosaurs like Bob Lutz.