The Yes Men Pull Off Prank Claiming US Chamber of Commerce Had Changed Its Stance on Climate Change

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Democracy Now!
Oct. 20, 2009

The Yes Men Pull Off Prank Claiming US Chamber of Commerce Had Changed Its Stance on Climate Change

The business community got a shock on Monday when its leading advocacy group appeared to make a startling announcement. A statement purporting to come from the Chamber of Commerce said the group had dropped its opposition to congressional climate change legislation and would now even support taxing carbon emissions. The news wires quickly picked up the story, and within minutes it was being reported on the websites of outlets including the New York Times and Washington Post. It also made its way onto cable news, including the Fox Business Network. It was all a prank pulled off by the Yes Men. [includes rush transcript]

Andy Bichlbaum, member of the Yes Men. He posed as a spokesperson for the US Chamber of Commerce on Monday, falsely claiming the Chamber had dropped its opposition to climate change legislation. The Yes Men’s latest film was released earlier this month. It’s called The Yes Men Fix the World

video & transcript: The Yes Men Pull Off Prank Claiming US Chamber of Commerce Had Changed Its Stance on Climate Change

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The Yes Men Fix the US Chamber of Commerce

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October 19, 2009

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Democracy Now!
Oct. 20, 2009

PR Executive James Hoggan on “Climate Cover-Up: The Crusade to Deny Global Warming”

The Yes Men aren’t the only group accused of pulling off a hoax in the debate over climate change legislation. In August, the American Petroleum Institute—the oil industry’s top lobbying group—was found to have asked member oil companies to help recruit employees, retirees and contractors for anti-climate bill rallies around the country. Critics said the API was trying to fake a grassroots movement to give a false impression of widespread public opposition to tackling global warming. Our next guest, James Hoggan, has just published a new book on corporate efforts to mislead the public on human-driven climate change. It’s called Climate Cover-Up: The Crusade to Deny Global Warming.

James Hoggan, author of Climate Cover-Up: The Crusade to Deny Global Warming. He is president of the award-winning PR firm Hoggan & Associates. He is chair of the David Suzuki Foundation and the Canadian chapter of Al Gore’s The Climate Project. He also runs DeSmogBlog.com

video & transcript: PR Executive James Hoggan on “Climate Cover-Up: The Crusade to Deny Global Warming”

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October 20, 2009

see

A Reality Check from the Brink of Extinction by Chris Hedges

Capitalism is Incompatible with Human Nature

http://www.350.org/

from the archives:

Interview: The Yes Men Fix the World Pt. 1/2

Interview: The Yes Men Fix the World Pt. 2/2

Bill Moyers Journal: The Yes Men (video link; humor; media)

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  4. Andy should have come clean at the end… the Yes Men won’t get any thunder among those who don’t know who they are if they keep doing it this way. Come on, even the Candid Camera guys would always come clean at the end.

    Other than that, good on ’em!

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