The press release was a bit surprising at first glance this morning.
WASHINGTON, D.C.-The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is throwing its weight behind strong climate legislation, a spokesman for Chamber President Tom J. Donahue announced today at the National Press Club.
“We believe that strong climate legislation is the best way to ensure American innovation, create jobs, and make sure the U.S. and the world are on track to reduce global carbon emissions, and to provide for the needs of the American business community for generations to come,” said the spokesman, Hingo Sembra.
| A fake New York Times front page The Yes Men put on previously.
And for the reporters at the press conference at the Press Club in Washington, D.C., where these prepared remarks were made, it was even more surprising.
Turns out it was all a hoax, courtesy of the Yes Men.
“…. a real spokesman for the Chamber of Commerce busted into the room and declared it all a “hoax.”
“They are misrepresenting the Chamber of Commerce,” said spokesman Eric Wohlschlegel. “This guy is a fraud.”
In fact, the Chamber of Commerce opposed the climate change legislation passed by the House in late June.
“This is a very important discussion, and we’ve been trying to engage people in a constructive way,” Wohlschlegel said. But “misrepresenting” the group and holding a fake news conference is not constructive, he added.
This is hardly the first time the group has pranked the energy industry. At a Canadian oil industry meeting last year they presented information about “Exxon’s biomass conversion facility” that turns the deceased into a burnable fuel, and Halliburton’s solution for global warming threats.