The prankster Yes Men have hoaxed again. This time they spoke at a big oil industry exposition posing as representatives from the Natural Petroleum Council and ExxonMobil. Their proposed solution to reducing dependence on overseas oil and dealing with climate change - use dead bodies for fuel. [Note to self: Insert "Soylent Green is people" reference here.]
The NPC, which is led by former Exxon-Mobil CEO Lee Raymond, advises the White House on gas and oil issues. They were expected to announce the findings of a Raymond-chaired study, commissioned by the Department of Energy, on joint US-Canadian energy policy.
Instead, attendees of the day's $45.00 keynote luncheon were addressed by the Yes Men's Andy Bichlbaum, who identified himself as an NPC representative named Shepard Wolff.
After noting that current energy policies will likely lead to "huge global calamities" and disrupt oil supplies, Wolff told the audience "that in the worst case scenario, the oil industry could "keep fuel flowing" by transforming the billions of people who die into oil," said a Yes Men press release.
Yes Man Mike Bonnano, posing as an Exxon representative named Florian Osenberg, added that "With more fossil fuels comes a greater chance of disaster, but that means more feedstock for Vivoleum. Fuel will continue to flow for those of us left."
Read more about the event on their fake website. But please click gently. Their web server seems to be struggling with all the attention.