The New Republic
brought to my attention several videos
created by conservative think tank The Competitive Enterprise Institute, which apparently has heavy ties to the oil industry. The first two will be TV spots aired in several major U.S. cities in response to Al Gore's new film, An Inconvenient Truth
Watch them and laugh.
The first video, "Energy", argues that we breathe out carbon dioxide (featuring a cute little white girl blowing dandelions, screenshot below), plants breathe it in, and industry depends on its output, so how can it be bad? No, it is the politicians that are trying to ban carbon dioxide who are bad. Bad liberals! It concludes with what I think has jingle potential:
"Carbon dioxide: They call it pollution, we call it life."
See the flying fluffies! See the pigtails! Does this look like the makings of a global catastrophe to you?
If CEI can make "Energy", then I can make:
Voice-over: Water-We and the rest of life on Earth depend on it (Footage of lush tobacco fields in the rain). We enjoy ourselves by swimming in it (Footage of Jack Abramoff and a Congressman lounging by a pool aboard a cruise ship). We wash ourselves in it to stay clean and sanitary (Footage of oil drillers washing off the residue of a hard day's work). But these nasty liberal politicians are trying to rebuild levees around New Orleans to keep the water out. Does that make any sense?
Water: They call it natural disaster, we call it life.
The second video, "Glaciers", is part of the same campaign and has the same slogan, but also claims that scientific studies have shown ice sheets to be growing, not shrinking. I will leave others of more scientific expertise to deal with that one fully, although I can say the two or three articles featured are probably the only ones to contain that thesis OR they have been taken out of context big time.
The third video, "An Inconvenient Story" is almost as hilarious. It points out that although Gore has been preaching restraint in fossil fuel consumption, ironically he has been producing an astronomical
amount of carbon dioxide by travelling around the country to exhibit his environmental sanctimony! Walk the walk, Al! Of course, this would mean that Gore was riding all those airplanes by himself (the video even has footage of a crop duster
that Gore apparently took!). And, if Gore was really serious
about saving the environment, he should put his money where his mouth is and bicycle
from his speaking engagements in New York to his movie's premiere in L.A.!
I mean, come on, America.