The Gas and Oil Exposition in Calgary was gate-crashed by the Yes Men, the combination theatre group and political activists. They pulled off an impressive con, pretending to be representatives from the NPC and Exxon. Andy Bichlbaum gave a talk, posing as Shepard Wolff of the NPC, where he admitted that the Earth is heading towards "huge global calamities". On the bright side, he suggested, "the oil industry could "keep fuel flowing" by transforming the billions of people who die into oil."
This was quite a surprise to the audience who expected the NPC, advisors to the White House on oil and gas issues, to be announcing the findings of a DoE study. Fellow Yes Man, Mike Bonnano, then took the podium posing as an Exxon employee named Florian Osenberg. "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," he said cheerily.The pair then lit a candle which they claimed was made from the body of a former Exxon employee, who died cleaning a toxic spill. It was as they showed a video of the late employee talking about his wish to be turned into a candle that the suspicious audience finally decided that they were the victims of a prank, and security pulled them off stage.
Whilst TreeHugger doesn't condone this sort of prank, it does see both the funny side, and the important message behind the act. Perhaps gate-crashing a conference isn't the most sensible course of action, but it certainly has got a lot of publicity. One has to wonder how many of the audience were calculating the cost-benefit of creating oil from corpses before they realised what was happening. I would be willing to bet that at least some were, and I hope that it provokes some contemplation. :: Wired Science