yesmen suggest to turn dead people into oil

the yesmen have done it again. this time they attended the gas and oil exposition 2007 in calgary, alberta to stage one of their absurd interventions. nothing on their webiste yet, but wired reports:

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.”

The impostors led growingly suspicious attendees in lighting Vivoleum candles made, they said, from a former Exxon janitor who died from cleaning a toxic spill. When shown a mock video of the janitor professing his desire to be turned in death into candles, a conference organizer pulled Bonanno and Bichlbaum from the stage.

well done, and as always very inspiring, my (small) donation well invested.

there is a microsite with transcripts and photos called vivoleum.com. daily kos has the press release. scoop reports here.

yesmen bichlbaum holding one of the spoof candles

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