21 May 2006

Climate Change: Another View, the "CO2: We Call it Life" Campaign

The Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) has produced two 60-second television commercials "focusing on the alleged global warming crisis and the calls by some environmental groups and politicians for reduced energy use."

The ads, which will air in 14 U.S. cities through the end of May, are timed with the release of Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth," which opened in theaters this weekend. The ads can also be seen as a rebuttal to the Environmental Defense/Ad Council spots about which I wrote two months ago: Wake Up Call for Climate Crisis?










According to their web site, CEI "is a non-profit public policy organization dedicated to advancing the principles of free enterprise and limited government. We believe that individuals are best helped not by government intervention, but by making their own choices in a free marketplace."

View the spots here: CEI streams

Read more about it here: Planet Ark and Washington Times

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6 comments:

livelife said...

I don't disagree that global warming needs to be addressed. What worries me about "An Inconvenient Truth" is that a politician is behind it. A politician that has a long history of misrepresenting the truth (inventing the Internet for example).

The Green Skeptic said...

And I don't disagree with you, livelife...

Anonymous said...

2 things:
1) al gore was critical in the creation of the internet -- i've been present when vint cerf (who is undisputedly one of the inventors of the internet) tore into a presentor who made a joke about this. here is the text of an email from vint and bob kahn (the other "inventor") about this. jeez, people, get your facts straight:
http://www.politechbot.com/p-01394.html
2) interesting boingboing post on these
http://www.boingboing.net/2006/05/22/al_gores_new_movie_i.html

RioAra said...

Al makes the popular allegation that Mt. Kilimanjaro is losing its snow cap due to global warming. Not true. The more likely culprit is the deforestation around the mountain that has removed critical tree cover that would cool rising air. With the loss of trees warm air can rise up the mountain unimpeded thus melting the snow.

But that's an inconvenient truth for Al who, as noted, is looking to launch his run for president in 2008 and needs to ramp up the PR machine.

Anonymous said...

The ads suggest that the scientific evidence for global warming is still debatable. One study, the ads claim, found that the "Antarctic ice sheet is getting thicker, not thinner."

Curt Davis, the primary author of that study has issued statement correcting CEI's claims:
https://cf.iats.missouri.edu/news/NewsBureauSingleNews.cfm?newsid=9842

But we know there's no truth in advertising...

climatedude said...

Real Climate also posted a rebuttal of the ads and an awesome shout-out to the movie "Thank You for Smoking": http://www.realclimate.org/index.php/archives/2006/05/thank-you-for-emitting/