Greenpeace Spoofs Offshore Drilling in New Ad


Greenpeace’s PolluterWatch brings us a new love story, this one bringing new meaning to the phrase, “Drill, baby, drill.” In their latest, “Rex” (a spoof of ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson) meets “Bob” (Virginia’s new Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell), and the two realize that they’re a match made in offshore heaven.

“I do have exotic tastes, if you know what I mean,” says Rex, referring to his previous lovers from the Middle East. But now he’s looking for “something closer to home.” Via PolluterHarmony, he meets Bob, who’s “Full of energy, ready to drill.” And Bob’s OK with an open relationship, though he helps Rex see the beauty of the idea “Think globally, drill locally.”

The ads, of course, are meant to spoof McDonnell’s pledge to open up Virginia’s coast line to drilling, and Tillerson’s desire to drill more domestically (an opportunity he may get via climate and energy legislation). McDonnell campaigned on the issue, and has been pressing the Department of Interior to approve drilling in the region. Earlier this month signed off on plans to develop the coast.

Here’s the latest PolluterHarmony spot:

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  • Kate Sheppard was a staff reporter in Mother Jones' Washington bureau from 2009 to 2013. She is now a senior reporter and the energy and environment editor at The Huffington Post. She can be reached by email at kate (dot) sheppard (at) huffingtonpost (dot) com and you can follow her on Twitter @kate_sheppard.