June 23, 2017


Chief Executive Jeff Immelt will give up control of General Electric Co. later this year. His colleagues were relieved to learn that he will also relinquish command of the office thermostat.

Mr. Immelt, who said this week he will end his 16-year captaincy of the conglomerate, is famous for preferring refrigerator-like temperatures in GE offices and meeting rooms. “He keeps it very cold,” one person who has regularly endured the chill says. “It’s part of the Immelt lore.”

As Scott Johnson of Power Line notes in a post titled “Immelt on Ice,” “Immelt holds the preferred elite view on global warming. I wondered if he might be concerned about the possible contribution of air conditioning. You can’t be too careful to avoid the apocalypse.”

Note that Immelt’s office was freezing while GE controlled NBC until late 2009; fully divesting themselves of the network in 2013. So he was CEO when this infamous edition of Sunday Night Football ran in 2007 as battlefield preparation for the upcoming election year:

As Ann Coulter quipped that same year, when Al Gore refused to take his own pledge to limit his similarly ManBearPig-sized carbon footprint, “I kind of respect him more, it shows he is not stupid enough to believe all this global warming nonsense. He’s trying to get us to believe. Okay, fine, he may be a hypocrite but at least he’s not a moron.”

But keep the above passage regarding Immelt’s icy offices in mind the next time anyone at NBC or its sister networks goes on a global warming lecture. If you couldn’t convince your own boss to dial the temperature back; if you couldn’t convince your network not to acquire the broadcasting rights to NASCAR, don’t hector the rest of us.

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