The business community was stunned one Monday morning when the powerful U.S. Chamber of Commerce, long a stalwart enemy of sensible climate legislation, appeared to dramatically reverse it's position. During a well attended press conference at the National Press Club in downtown Washington, DC, Chamber representative "Hingo Sembra" announced some startling news. Visit the Yes Lab for more on this project.
During the U.N. sponsored climate negotiations in Copenhagen, Denmark, heavy CO2 emitter Canada surprised many, including its own negotiators, by acknowledging the historic climate debt that rich countries owe the developing world, which scientists predict will bear the most dramatic impacts of climate change. Visit the Yes Lab for more on this project.
The Yes Men get themselves invited to the Gulf Coast Reconstruction Conference as HUD, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. In the wake of Katrina, HUD has collaborated with large private developers in tearing down public housing, despite a dire need for it. In the Yes Men's version, HUD behaves quite differently.
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.
At a Wharton Business School conference on business in Africa, World Trade Organization representative Hanniford Schmidt announced the creation of a WTO initiative for "full private stewardry of labor" for the parts of Africa that have been hardest hit by the 500 years of Africa's free trade with the West.
Heritage is the biggest free-market think tank - in fact the biggest think tank period - in Washington. It has a budget of $25 million and provides "talking points" to conservative Congressmen who don't have time to do their own research. Heritage is a kind of "grey eminence" behind Congress, and very actively helps direct U.S. politics.
In April of 2002 Mike meets Richard Robbins at a conference in upstate New York. Richard has written a book on corporate globalization, and he offers to organize a lecture by the WTO for his students at the State University of New York in Plattsburgh, where he is a professor.
In January of 2001, the organizers of a "Textiles of the Future" conference in Tampere, Finland send an e-mail to GATT.org asking for a WTO representative to deliver their keynote address. Andy and Mike are glad to oblige, and the organizers are delighted.
In May 2000, an organizer of a conference on international trade law in Salzburg, Austria writes to GATT.org inviting WTO Director-General Mike Moore to serve as a panelist. "Moore" politely declines but suggests a replacement, â€œDr. Andreas Bichlbauer.â€
Andy and Mike have decided on an entirely new tack for this lecture, one unmarked by the bombast and lunacy of previous ones. Since parody hasn't worked, they've decided to try that old standby, sincerity.