The Weirdest Anti-EPA Campaign Video You’ll Ever See

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Many of the threats made against the Environmental Protection Agency this election season have been pretty bizarre. I mean, really, why would anyone make it a major campaign platform to “padlock the doors” of the agency tasked with keeping our environment clean? It boggles the mind.

But a new campaign video from a North Dakota Republican running for Congress, Bette Grande, has taken this Bizarro-world to a whole new level:

One can imagine Grande picking out a team of producers from her local middle-school AV club and telling them: “Think ‘Tomb Raider 4′ meets ‘Night of the Living Dead’ meets ‘Lord of the Rings’ meets ‘Star Wars’ meets ‘Fox News.’ Can you do that for me?” And voilà, this incredibly strange video was produced.

I have to give whoever made this film credit, they did a damn good job re-creating Michele Bachmann’s dreams.

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25 Responses to The Weirdest Anti-EPA Campaign Video You’ll Ever See

  1. Chris says:

    WTF? It looks like some weird Doctor Who spoof.

  2. Tj in Boulder UT says:

    Just plain Nuts!

  3. cervantes says:

    OT, but I wonder if this will make the good people of Alaska think again about their petroleum soaked economy? What amounts to a hurricane in the Bering Sea:

    A RAPIDLY DEVELOPING STORM LOCATED ABOUT 600 MILES SOUTHWEST OF SHEMYA THIS AFTERNOON WILL INTENSIFY INTO ONE OF THE MOST SEVERE BERING SEA STORMS ON RECORD AS IT MOVES NORTHWARD ACROSS THE CHUKOTSK PENINSULA TUESDAY NIGHT. THIS STORM HAS THE POTENTIAL TO PRODUCE WIDESPREAD DAMAGE.

    . . .
    WINDS OF 60 TO 75 MPH ARE EXPECTED OVER ST LAWRENCE ISLAND AND THE BERING STRAIT COAST. WINDS ARE EXPECTED TO APPROACH HURRICANE FORCE OVER THE CHUKCHI SEA AND NORTHERN BERING SEA. THE STRONG WINDS WILL GENERATE SEAS TO AS HIGH AS 20 FEET OVER THE CHUKCHI
    SEA…AND TO 15 TO 25 FEET OVER THE NORTHERN BERING SEA.

    THE STRONG WINDS WILL PUSH LARGE AMOUNTS OF WATER INTO NORTON SOUND…RAISING SEA LEVELS TO AS HIGH AS 8 TO 9 FEET ABOVE NORMAL TUESDAY NIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY NIGHT. THE HIGH SEA LEVELS COMBINED WITH HIGH WAVES WILL PRODUCE SEVERE BEACH EROSION AND MAJOR COASTAL FLOODING ALONG THE NORTHERN AND EASTERN SHORES OF NORTON SOUND AND ALONG THE BERING STRAIT COAST. HIGH WATER LEVELS WILL PRODUCE COASTAL FLOODING ALONG THE SOUTHERN
    SHORE OF NORTON SOUND. STRONG WINDS AND WAVE ACTION MAY PUSH ICE IN NORTON BAY ON SHORE.

    • John McCormick says:

      Cervantes, thanks for that link to the weather advisory.

      Any chance you can keep up with development of that storm and share what you learn?

      I am particularly concerned about the North Alaska coastal communities of Kivalina and Shishmaref. They are continually being eroded and the US Corps of Engineers says Shishmaref may have only about 10 years remaining as habitable. This island was settled about 4000 years ago.

      Its high school is now about 180 feet from the shore and about 20 years gbo that was more than 300 feet back on land.

    • Joan Savage says:

      The life-threatening storm is expected to move from the Bering Strait into the Chukchi Sea, where winter sea ice has formed. What is the storm going to do with the sea ice?

      I haven’t landed a near-real time image of extent of sea ice at this time, except for a Nov 5 webcam looking off the coast at Barrow, Alaska.
      http://seaice.alaska.edu/gi/observatories/barrow_webcam

    • Lionel A says:

      Jeff Masters is always worth a look.

      Not only Alaska but poor ol’ Oklahoma is having a spot of bother with tornado and earthquake. You would think Inhofe would get the message.

      Also trouble brewing in the Mediterranean and note this comment:

      According to research published by Gaertner et al. (2007), an increase in ocean temperatures of 3°C in the Mediterranean by the end of the century could lead to hurricanes forming there.

      So much for more CO2 being good for plants!

  4. Hank says:

    Yes, this is a really stupid video. But let’s not lose sight of why the Republicans want to do away with the EPA. Cleaning up the environment IS a good thing, and it was sorely needed back in the 70’s and 80’s. But in order to justify its existence, the EPA is now trying to make much more restrictive measures that are hurting businesses (and jobs) in a very poor economy. That, plus their attempts to actually make laws without going through due process in the government is what is seen as terribly wrong.

    • sailrick says:

      Hank

      “Cleaning up the environment IS a good thing, and it was sorely needed back in the 70′s and 80′s. But…”

      That is an all too common nonsense talking point. Do you actually believe that the job of “cleaning up the environment” is anywhere near finished? Do yourself a big favor, and watch the following film. at YouTube.

      “Home” about 90 minutes.

      Then tell me we don’t need far more effort to have a viable and healthy environment.

      Just one example out many more:
      We are warned to be careful how much fish we eat already. Yet Republicans don’t want to increase regulations on mercury.

  5. Joan Savage says:

    I probably missed something, but..

    –producers were FracFilms (hydrofracing?)

    –silhouetted nude man with limp might be African given his hairstyle (nudity is not common in DC offices, and let’s be alert to undertones about who they are trying to suggest is a threat)

    –gargoyles (not common on federal office buildings, and more common on some church denominations than others)

    Quite a selection of prejudices to try to cluster onto the EPA.

    • M Tucker says:

      Yes, I was struck by that too; FracFilms and N. Dakota…the center of our current oil boom. Fracking the Bakken shale has made a lot of profit and they would like to expand the operation. The producers would like to explore other oil shale formations like the Niobrara shale in Wyoming, Colorado, Nebraska, S Dakota and Montana. Actually they have already begun there but other shale formations also hold promise. Given all the trouble that fracking for gas has caused I wonder if this is just another attempt to head off EPA efforts to regulate fracking.

  6. Wes Rolley says:

    While this may well deserve the Bizarro designation, it would be wrong to discount the degree to which the EPA is viewed as the enemy across a wide segment of the West. As a veteran of the campaigns that finally unseated Richard Pombo, the EPA and the Endangered Species Act were always on the table, were every day attacked in letters to the editor of some local paper.

    The remnants of the Sagebrush Revolution are still is the collective psyche of many voters and continue to return extremist politicians like “Doc” Hastings (WA 4) and Tom McClintock (CA 4) to Congress.

    We would all look at Chuck Cushman and his American Land Rights Association (http://landrights.org/) as being a bit nuts, but Cushman has a history of being invited to testify at hearings of the House Committee on Natural Resources.

  7. Alteredstory says:

    It’s another case of projection by conservatives.

    Climate zombies are accusing others of being zombies.

  8. Alex says:

    WTF was that? Did it even make any attempt at point-making?

  9. Lorelei says:

    All I can say is Wow. The video was wild, I want the movie, lol.

    EPA Zombies bring about Armageddon

  10. Bob Savage says:

    This is typical of Republican arguments — not a single fact, just scary sounds and imagery and a call to give them more money.

    • MorinMoss says:

      Why not? It’s always worked for the evangelists. I wonder how much they paid the 14-year old who assembled this mishmash of an ad.

  11. That’s hilarious!

  12. Susan Anderson says:

    Da Vinci Code, Hunchback of Notre Dame, and recovering catholics …

    Interesting, since Fargo has had some serious flooding lately that is worsening – one of the clearest weather-climate change connections of recent history.

  13. Susan Anderson says:

    Just got it. Intention to imply EPA *caused* the Fargo floods – perhaps by overregulation?!!

    • Joan Savage says:

      That diverts attention from the US Army Corps of Engineers, who usually get the brunt of criticism about flood preparedness.

      Which reminds me, I wonder what USACE is thinking about their dams and levees across whole Mississippi Basin.

  14. Bill G says:

    What? You didn’t see the subliminal message?

  15. BigRed says:

    I like it