Greenpeace Resurrects JFK for Global Warming Ad Campaign
Thereâ€™s something a little creepy about historical figures being brought back to life to promote climate change alarmism, but the over-the-top environmentalists at Greenpeace have no qualms with using it as a tactic.
A video posted on Greenpeaceâ€™s YouTube site portrays former President John F. Kennedy, who was assassinated Nov. 22, 1963, in
â€śWhen man first walked upon the moon, it defined a generation,â€ť Kennedy is depicted saying. â€śAs this new millennium dawns, we face a greater challenge â€“ climate change threatens our very existence. What further disasters will convince world leaders that the existing technology and renewable energy offers the last remaining hope for sustainable future?â€ť
The ad is part of a Greenpeace campaign labeled â€śEnergy [R]evolutionâ€ť that sets greenhouse gas goals far in excess of the
Other aspects of the campaign include an energy policy based on â€śequity and fairness,â€ť reduction of greenhouse gas emission by â€śup to 30 percent below 1990 levels,â€ť â€śstrict mandatory efficiency standardsâ€ť for home and office appliances and the phasing out of nuclear power, which has been deemed as a greenhouse gas-free energy solution to the climate change issue by some.
The ad makes an emotional plea by linking climate change disaster scene after disaster scene, including a post-Hurricane Katrina shot from
â€śHollow words and spineless resolution have failed,â€ť the voice continued. â€śNow is the time for an energy revolution. Will we look into the eyes of our children and tell them that we had the opportunity but lacked the courage? Will we look into the eyes of our children and tell them that we had the technology, but lacked the vision? Or, will we look into the eyes of our children and tell them that we faced our challenge and that we fought â€“ we fought for the energy revolution?â€ť
Kennedy is considered by some historians to be a great orator. However, the choice to use his likeness in the ad is curious because, although he is credited for laying some the foundation of modern federal environmental policy, it was his Republican rival and successor, President Richard Nixon, who made the Environmental Protection Agency a reality in 1970.
This isnâ€™t the first time environmental messages have been linked to historical images. Al Goreâ€™s â€śWe Can Solve Itâ€ť campaign had one commercial spot that began with video from the D-Day invasion of Normandy and included clips from the moon landing and the civil rights movement. Time magazine doctored the famous
The use of deceased celebrities in advertising has been considered controversial by some. A recent DirectTV ad starring Craig T. Nelson as the father in the 1982 movie â€śPoltergeist,â€ť shows the daughter â€“ played by Heather Oâ€™Rourke â€“ reciting the movieâ€™s memorable line, â€śTheeeyyyâ€™re heeerrreâ€ť However, Oâ€™Rourke died in 1988 and some critics claimed that crossed the line.