This post's title, "Talk About a Crock...," is the title of a recent blog post by Bob Lutz, GM's product development chief. His post discusses the backlash he has received from the online community about comments he made last month about global warming, which he apparently called a "total crock of shit." On his blog, Mr. Lutz says, "My beliefs are mine and I have a right to them, just as you have a right to yours. But among my strongest beliefs is that my job is to do what makes the most business sense for GM."
Referring to the backlash he has received, he went on to say, "What they 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." Fair point, but as a Vice Chairman of GM and its product development chief, doesn't he represent the company and its new line of products? Doesn't he contradict himself when in discussing the Chevrolet Volt (GM's plug-in hybrid concept car) program, Mr. Lutz says, "The Chevrolet Volt program is occurring under my personal watch, because I -- and others in senior management -- believe in it
So he clearly sees the business potential for GM to move into more eco-friendly products, but if he doesn't believe in the reason customers are demanding the product, and others like it in the first place, is he really the best man for the job? Talk about a "crock" indeed.
Read his blog post here