Timothy Cama at The Hill reports that the League of Conservation Voters hired actors Jeff Goldblum and Ed Begley, Jr. for a new video mocking opposition to President Obama’s plan to curtail emissions from power plants. You’d have to be a “selfish reptilian nincompoop” to oppose Obama.
The web video, produced in tandem with Will Ferrell’s Funny or Die website, depicts nine utility executives who are angry about the Environmental Protection Agency’s plans.
“People are convinced our coal-fired power plants are killing people and the planet,” Begley, who plays the group’s leader, tells them. “And now the EPA wants to put their clean-air safeguards on us.” He brings in “The Fixer,” played Goldblum, who Begley promises will make the rules go away.
Instead, Goldblum presents the Obama folks as the most reasonable people demanding innovations, with some flexibility. “They’re providing flexibility and time to make these cuts so you can optimize your reductions while still providing reliable electricity for everyone,” which the cartoonish utility executives reject.
“What I’m saying is that it makes sense,” he continues. “The fact that you’re objecting to these very simple and reasonable asks feels to me like you might be some of the worst, most execrable, selfish, reptilian nincompoops with whom I’ve ever had the distinct displeasure of working.”
As liberals often do, Goldblum concludes “There’s no argument about this.” Just give in. He says “Don’t be Garbage People.” Then the screen reads “Don’t be Garbage People. Stand up to Big Polluters.” There's a petition to sign.