Energy of the Future

I love the way the Yes Men think. In one of their latest clever feats, they posed as National Petroleum Council (headed by ex-Exxon CEO) representatives at the GO-EXPO in Canada, where their speech received star-billing in the program. At tee-time, they unveiled "Vivoleum": energy for the future, made from human flesh. As Andy Bichlbaum, Yes Man and "NPC rep," explained:

"We've got to get ready. After all, fossil fuel development like that
of my company is increasing the chances of catastrophic climate
change, which could lead to massive calamities, causing migration and
conflicts that would likely disable the pipelines and oil wells.
Without oil we could no longer produce or transport food, and most of
humanity would starve. That would be a tragedy, but at least all
those bodies could be turned into fuel for the rest of us."

Reminds me of Swift's 18th c. "A Modest Proposal" in which he proposes eating babies to alleviate poverty. Isn't it uplifting to think we still have great minds today?



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4 comments:

  1. Yeah- those guys are great. I wonder though, if they actually get any of those people to think or make change.
    Does stuff like this do more harm than good?
    Or does it even matter at this point?

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  2. I doubt their stunts get those people to think -- not when billions of dollars are waiting to be and already have been made. Not when the masses continue to be willingly blind and pillaged. BUT at least the Yes Men are out there doing something. And they're continuing a tradition of satirical opposition -- I think it's great.

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  3. Anonymous1:26 PM

    Political satirical comedy does have an important role. They help the swing voters. The Yes Men are your Stephen Colbert's. They inform those who follow their political views just as much as they piss off the others.

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