29 May 2006

Unashamed Ads

My first proper blog entry. And the main rational for starting this blog.

A couple of days ago I was reading an article in the Economist about climate control. It happened to mention a "think tank" (an association to be taken with a pinch of salt) called the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) who have made a couple of ads glamorising carbon dioxide. Being curious, I checked it out, only to find the most rotting, disgusting piece of advertising propaganda imaginable. It left me feeling sick to the core that some people are willing to push an agenda like this, forsaking the well-being of our planet for a quick buck. You can view the ads here

http://streams.cei.org/ (it's the first two)

This is a Non-Governmental Organisation (supposedly) supported by the usual motley-crew of big-business, such as oil producers, car manufacturers and tobacco companies. What's its ads try to portray is the fact that carbon dioxide is good for us, using lots of soft music and positive images (not a single smoke bellowing factory chimney in sight). We all know that CO2 is necessary for life on earth, but not at the rate we are producing it, yet this campaign is trying to tell us that more is better.

Also they've decided to have a pop at Al Gore (I'm not saying i like politicians too much either), 'cause he's now promoting an environmentally aware film called 'An Inconvenient Truth' (see the third clip).

Since I want to keep these entries relatively short, i might continue with the Al Gore stuff tomorrow, but I'll leave it at that for now. Any comments would be very welcome