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GM, Chevy Volt owners fire back at Gingrich over gun rack jab

James Rojas/KPCC

It has been a hard year for GM’s plug-in hybrid car, the Chevy Volt. Despite a popular commercial during Super Bowl XLVI, sales have been sluggish. It even took a hit by not making the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy’s top 12 “greenest” cars of the year in a recent poll.

Now the Volt is suffering the ultimate injustice of being used as a political punch line. During recent campaign stops in Georgia and Oklahoma, Newt Gingrich (who recently found himself stranded in West Hollywood) has bashed the Volt as an instrument of “cultural warfare” on his way to deriding the car because “you cannot put a gun rack on it.”

GM has had enough. News comes out of Detroit that the automaker launched a new blog today to fire back at the Republican candidate, albeit humorously.

“That's like saying 'You can't put training wheels on a Harley.' Actually, you can. But the real question is 'Why would you?' In both examples: It looks weird,” replied GM spokesman Selim Bingol, according to the Detroit News. “It doesn't work very well, and, there are better places for gun racks and training wheels — pickup trucks and little Schwinns, respectively.”


"An Inconsistent Truth" features Newt Gingrich (but probably not Gingrich's inconsistent global warming truth)

So I saw this trailer the other day for a new film from radio host Phil Valentine about global warming: An Inconsistent Truth.

The blurb from the film's site seems to indicate that a carbon conspiracy may be afoot: "Many people believe in man-made global warming but they don’t know why. This is one of the most important issues of our day yet the average American knows so very little about what’s really going on. Is that by design? Who stands to make billions off cap-and-trade legislation? Why do those who raise their voices the loudest lead the most wasteful lifestyles? Is carbon dioxide really a pollutant or is it a harmless gas that’s essential to life here on Earth?"

What's interesting to me is that Newt Gingrich is in the trailer. He says in a quick clip, "This has been a very effective opportunity to get your tax money to pay for his car company." (I can't find the comment in a Nexis search, but I'm going to make a clue-like guess that it was Mr. Gingrich outside a hearing about Tesla talking about Department of Energy grants.) The star of the film is this guy Phil Valentine. A guy named Shayne Edwards directed; he runs a digital media company in Tennessee that makes a lot of electronic press kits..