News Environment The Yes Men Prank the U.S. Chamber of Commerce By Shea Gunther Writer University of New Hampshire Rochester Institute of Technology University of Southern Maine Shea Gunther is a writer, entrepreneur, and podcaster living in Portland, Maine. He covers topics such as renewable energy, climate change, and nature. our editorial process Shea Gunther Updated February 28, 2020 These aren't really oil lobbyists, but they did fool Congress. (Photo: Visible Hand [CC BY 2.0]/Flickr) Share Twitter Pinterest Email News Environment Business & Policy Science Animals Home & Design Current Events Treehugger Voices This is pure comic gold. The Yes Men are activist geniuses. They can wrap a message around a prank like no one else can. Today they pulled one over on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. They posed as the chamber and threw a press conference announcing their 180 flip on climate change and their intention to stop fighting the Boxer-Kerry climate change legislation working its way through the Senate. In the middle of the presser, an actual chamber spokesman, tipped off by a confused reporter showing up at the real chamber offices for the announced press conference, burst into the room yelling and denouncing the Yes Men as impostors. There was a moment of reported hilarious insanity as the fake and real spokesmen got into a yelling match, each accusing the other of being phony. The real spokesman was able to stop the press conference but not before Reuters sent out a wire item reporting the policy about-face. Here's CNBC breaking the news: There's a link to a video of the event up at Huffington Post, but I haven't been able to get it to work. It's a Quicktime file; leave a comment here if you're able to get it to play. It'll hit YouTube soon enough, so I'll update this post when that happens. Here's the video of the conference: Check out the Yes Mens Survivaball. The Yes Men Fix The World, a feature length movie, hit the screens last week; you can visit their website to watch the trailer and to find a theater near you.