Thursday, May 18, 2006

Pro-pollution Propaganda.

In case, you didn't know, well, we all got it wrong - Carbon dioxide is actually good for. That is at least according to two new tv ads to be aired soon on American tvs. The first pro-pollution TV ads (see Think Progress). Yes, I kid you not – pro-pollution ads!

Here’s the amazing script of the first ad:

"There is something in these pictures you can’t see, it’s essential to life, we breathe it out, plants breathe it in. It comes from animal life, the oceans, the earth and the fuels we find in it. It’s called carbon dioxide - CO2. The fuels that produce CO2 have freed us from a world of backbreaking labor, lighting up our lives, allowing us to create and move the things we need, the people we love. (watch video here)
Now some politicians want to label carbon dioxide a pollutant. Imagine if they succeed what will our lives be like then.
Carbon dioxide they call it pollution, we call it life."

Surprise, surprise, the ad is funded by the Competitive Enterprise Institute – a group itself funded by ExxonMobil and other big oil companies (lately, ExxonMobil has pumped more than $8 million into more than 40 think tanks; media outlets; and consumer, religious, and even civil rights groups that preach skepticism about the oncoming climate catastrophe as you can read here).

The second ad (here) is similar but it goes a bit further by attempting to show that the scientific evidence for global warming is in dispute - which it really is not. (read here or here)

Those ads may be seen as a response to Al Gore’s new movie, An Inconvenient Truth but they are incredibly cheesy (add the right music and pictures). They are worth watching though - just for the fun of it. They are good illustrations of the war raged by the big oil companies for public opinion. I call that propaganda.


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