Surely by now you’ve seen the spoof on YouTube of Gore’s Inconvenient Truth. It’s not funny for two reasons: 1) global warming is going to ruin the planet for my grandchildren. And 2) it’s not funny. (This video is funnier.)
Anyway, I bring this up because the WSJ has a story (sub. req.) suggesting that Exxon is behind the Gore spoof. According to the WSJ:
The video’s maker is listed as “Toutsmith,” a 29-year-old who identifies himself as being from Beverly Hills in an Internet profile. In an email exchange with The Wall Street Journal, Toutsmith didn’t answer when asked who he was or why he made the video, which has just over 59,000 views on YouTube. However, computer routing information contained in an email sent from Toutsmith’s Yahoo account indicate it didn’t come from an amateur working out of his basement.
Instead, the email originated from a computer registered to DCI Group, a Washington, D.C., public relations and lobbying firm whose clients include oil company Exxon Mobil Corp.