June 14, 2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Exxon Proposes Burning Humanity for Fuel If Climate Calamity Hits
Conference organizer fails to have Yes Men arrested
Text of speech, photos, video: http://www.vivoleum.com/event/
GO-EXPO statement: http://newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/June2007/14/c5086.html
Press conference before this event, Friday, Calgary: http://arusha.org/event/7214
More links at end of release.
Imposters posing as ExxonMobil and National Petroleum Council (NPC) representatives delivered an outrageous keynote
speech to 300 oilmen at GO-EXPO, Canada's largest oil conference, held at Stampede Park in Calgary, Alberta, today.
The speech was billed beforehand by the GO-EXPO organizers as the major highlight of this year's conference, which had
20,000 attendees. In it, the "NPC rep" was expected to deliver the long-awaited conclusions of a study commissioned by
US Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman. The NPC is headed by former ExxonMobil CEO Lee Raymond, who is also the chair of the
study. (See link at end.)
In the actual speech, the "NPC rep" announced that current U.S. and Canadian energy policies (notably the massive,
carbon-intensive exploitation of Alberta's oil sands, and the development of liquid coal) are increasing the chances of
huge global calamities. But he reassured 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.
"We need something like whales, but infinitely more abundant," said "NPC rep" "Shepard Wolff" (actually Andy Bichlbaum
of the Yes Men), before describing the technology used to render human flesh into a new Exxon oil product called
Vivoleum. 3-D animations of the process brought it to life.
"Vivoleum works in perfect synergy with the continued expansion of fossil fuel production," noted "Exxon rep" "Florian
Osenberg" (Yes Man Mike Bonanno). "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 oilmen listened to the lecture with attention, and then lit "commemorative candles" supposedly made of Vivoleum
obtained from the flesh of an "Exxon janitor" who died as a result of cleaning up a toxic spill. The audience only
reacted when the janitor, in a video tribute, announced that he wished to be transformed into candles after his death,
and all became crystal-clear.
At that point, Simon Mellor, Commercial & Business Development Director for the company putting on the event, strode up and physically forced the Yes Men from
the stage. As Mellor escorted Bonanno out the door, a dozen journalists surrounded Bichlbaum, who, still in character as
"Shepard Wolff," explained to them the rationale for Vivoleum.
"We've got to get ready. After all, fossil fuel development like that of my company is increasing the chances of
catastrophic climate change, which could lead to massive calamities, causing migration and conflicts that would likely
disable the pipelines and oil wells. Without oil we could no longer produce or transport food, and most of humanity
would starve. That would be a tragedy, but at least all those bodies could be turned into fuel for the rest of us."
"We're not talking about killing anyone," added the "NPC rep." "We're talking about using them after nature has done the
hard work. After all, 150,000 people already die from climate-change related effects every year. That's only going to go
up - maybe way, way up. Will it all go to waste? That would be cruel."
Security guards then dragged Bichlbaum away from the reporters, and he and Bonanno were detained until Calgary Police
Service officers could arrive. The policemen, determining that no major infractions had been committed, permitted the
Yes Men to leave.
Canada's oil sands, along with "liquid coal," are keystones of Bush's Energy Security plan. Mining the oil sands is one
of the dirtiest forms of oil production and has turned Canada into one of the world's worst carbon emitters. The
production of "liquid coal" has twice the carbon footprint as that of ordinary gasoline. Such technologies increase the
likelihood of massive climate catastrophes that will condemn to death untold millions of people, mainly poor.
"If our idea of energy security is to increase the chances of climate calamity, we have a very funny sense of what
security really is," Bonanno said. "While ExxonMobil continues to post record profits, they use their money to persuade
governments to do nothing about climate change. This is a crime against humanity."
"Putting the former Exxon CEO in charge of the NPC, and soliciting his advice on our energy future, is like putting the
wolf in charge of the flock," said "Shepard Wolff" (Bichlbaum). "Exxon has done more damage to the environment and to
our chances of survival than any other company on earth. Why should we let them determine our future?"
About the NPC and ExxonMobil: http://ga3.org/campaign/lee_raymond/explanation
About the Alberta oil sands: http://www.sierraclub.ca/prairie/tarnation.htm
About liquid coal: http://www.sierraclub.org/coal/liquidcoal/