Actors Jeff Goldblum and Ed Begley, Jr., are featured in a new video from a green group mocking industry opposition to President Obama’s climate change rule.
The web video, produced by the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) and comedy video website Funny or Die, depicts nine utility executives who are angry about the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) carbon limits for power plants.
“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.”
The group brings in “The Fixer,” played by Goldblum, who Begley promises will make the rules go away.
Instead, Goldblum says the regulations are easily to comply with, a top talking point from green groups like LCV.
“They’re providing flexibility and time to make these cuts so you can optimize your reductions while still providing reliable electricity for everyone,” Goldblum tells them, a statement that they immediately dismiss.
“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.”
The video was released Thursday amid efforts in the Senate and House to overturn the EPA’s power plant rules, led by Republicans.
“LCV is releasing this video on the heels of the cynical and purely symbolic Senate votes this week to try to block the Clean Power Plan,” LCV President Gene Karpinski said in a statement. “It calls attention to how ridiculous the arguments against the Clean Power Plan really are.”