Yes Men Survival Ball Yanks Halliburton’s Chain
The Yes Men, a group of environmental and corporate ethics activists pushing a “SurvivaBall”, designed to save corporate executives from the effects of global warming, pulled a prank on Halliburton at the Catastrophic Loss conference held at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Amelia Island, Florida.
The group, which has pulled similar stunts on Dow Chemical Co. and the World Trade Organization, says it presented the phony global-warming-protection suits — priced at $100 million each, nonetheless — to show that corporations are more concerned about profits than taking expensive steps to reduce carbon emissions to reduce global warming.
“We were targeting Halliburton because they’re the most iconic example of companies profiting from global warming, climate changes and even natural disasters like in New Orleans,” said a Yes Man who called himself Andy Bichlbaum.
Mr. Bichlbaum said they’re not sure if what they do is legal, but said they think they’re moral.
“Is it legal to do what we’re doing? Technically, we don’t know. But we’ve never encountered any trouble with this thing,” he said.
“The SurvivaBall builds on Halliburton’s reputation as a disaster and conflict industry innovator,” said Wolf. “Just as the Black Plague led to the Renaissance and the Great Deluge gave Noah a monopoly of the animals, so tomorrow’s catastrophes could well lead to good – and industry must be ready to seize that good.”