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Greenpeace spoofs Bob McDonnell

By Juliet EIlperin

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) is the latest target of Greenpeace's PolluterWatch campaign, as the group launched a new dating ad spoof mocking the governor's push for offshore oil drilling.

The PolluterHarmony video, a takeoff on a popular dating service, shows an oil executive named "Rex" (with an ExxonMobile mug by his side) discussing being matched with his multiple love interests--including dictators from the Mideast and Latin America, and a guy named "Bob McD" from Virginia.

"Bob pops up and winks at me and I said, 'No way, this guy's way too clean cut for me,'" Rex recounts.

Alluding to the fact that oil companies are just as interested in getting oil from overseas as from offshore of the U.S., the video includes a line from Rex in which he says of Bob, "He's OK with open relationships, no problem. Right now it's hot and heavy and things are really flowing."

Kert Davies, who directs PolluterWatch, said the humorous video hopes to underscore the problems with including an offshore oil provision in any upcoming climate legislation. Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.), who is helping lead the push for a compromise bill, has identified offshore oil drilling as essential to any deal.

"What we're trying to do is remind people that we will never drill our way to energy independence," Davies said, who also serves as research director for Greenpeace USA. "It's about reminding people of what's at stake here."

On Tuesday, 10 senators decried offshore oil drilling as part of a climate package in a letter to Graham and the two other senators leading negotiations, John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.).

Despite the harsh message, McDonnell's folks seem to have a sense of humor about the whole thing.

"That video is horribly offensive and way off," the governor's spokeswoman Stacey Johnson wrote in an e-mail. "the real Bob McDonnell has much better hair." 

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Juliet Eilperin

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This is Great! I'm glad someone is finally making a statement of offshore drilling. Coal is a huge climate problem, but oil is still huge issue, and it creates local environmental issues with drilling and transport. AGWSCEPTIC99 is mistaken, nuclear energy is not the solution to climate change, it won't deliver in time and is too expensive. Renewable energy and energy efficiency are the fastest and cheapest way to cut carbon emissions, build a sustainable energy future, and put people back to work!

Posted by: JohnDeans | March 26, 2010 10:06 AM
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"What we're trying to do is remind people that we will never drill our way to energy independence," Davies said, who also serves as research director for Greenpeace USA. "It's about reminding people of what's at stake here."

What we need to remind people about is that nuclear power is the only realistic alternative to imported oil, and that alternative has been vigorously opposed by Greenpeace, the Sierra Club, and like minded folks for more than thirty years.

The French Government figured out the oil equation long ago, and the richness of their social services flows from their decision to derive most of their electrical power from nuclear plants.

Because kooks and nuts from the likes of Greenpeace and the Sierra Club managed to control decision making in this country, we send hundreds of billions of dollars every year to those bastions of environmental consciousness in Venezuela, the Middle East, and Russia.

What is offensive and way off is the fact that these kooks and nuts won't ever be held accountable for the damage they have done to the environment, economy, and general well being of the citizens of this country.

Posted by: AGWsceptic99 | March 26, 2010 1:22 AM
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