The Yes Men, the environmental and corporate ethics activist group responsible for this week's fake press conference prank against the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, is at it again. This time they chase Sen. Arlen Specter in giant Survivaball suits and create a little havoc on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C.
The Yes Men first used the Survivaball prank on Halliburton, where they posed as company executives presenting the phony $100 million global-warming protection suits at a 2006 Catastrophic Loss conference in Florida.
Whether the organization's climate change pranks are effective is hard to say. They sure are hilarious, though. There's something irresistible about watching people inside giant inflatable balls try to catch up to a senator, regardless of the message.
Consider this a small distraction to other oil and gas business news of the day.
Of course, the Yes Men don't think of this as a distraction at all and instead consider it an effective method to pressure Congress to act on climate change legislation.
The Yes Men -- donning Survivaball suits -- staged the prank as a lead up to the 350.org's international day of climate action planned for Saturday. The 350.org event will involve more than 4,000 simultaneous events all over the world including 350 scuba divers holding an underwater protest in the Maldives. 350.org wants the world -- governments and its citizens -- to limit carbon dioxide to 350 parts per million, the level scientist identified as the safe upper limit in our atmosphere, according to 350.org.