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Ron Judd, an Olympics junkie and Seattle Times columnist who has covered Olympic sports since 1997, will use this space to serve up news and opinion on the Summer and Winter Games -- also inviting you to chime in on Planet Earth's biggest get-together.

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August 13, 2008 9:52 AM

About that Brandi Carlile GM ad in NBC's Oly prime time

Posted by Ron Judd

Last night, we uttered some dismay -- I think the words "sell out" were used -- about the new GM ad that uses local folk rocker Brandi Carlile's "The Story" as a soundtrack.

Brandi's manager and a couple other fans have written to inform us that Carlile, who we adore, and would gladly cast a vote for to become America's Singer/Songwriter Laureate, only made the GM ad because it was for alternative-energy vehicles, and vows that every cent of proceeds will be donated to environmental groups exploring alternative energy. She notes on her blog:

I also believe in American jobs. Keeping people employed in the US and building fuel-efficient/alternative cars could help reduce and one day help eliminate our dependency on foreign oil. To really make a positive impact regarding the climate crisis we all need to work together to make the change, even GM.

Fair enough.

But it still bugs me.

Especially when, having heard Carlile's GM-really-gets-it explanation, I watch the ad again, more closely, and see all the images of supposed GM "green" vehicles with this tiny-type disclaimer: "Future vehicles shown. Not currently available."

And, sorry, but I question how committed any automaker could be to the environment when it still proudly lists "Hummer" as one of its brands.

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