‘Green police’ and the American mood

In the lead-up to last night’s Super Bowl, the Tim Tebow ad on abortion got most of the ink. But this Audi ad may have had the better take on the current political climate:

Should cap-and-trade ever begin moving again, look for a version of this. Heck, look for it when health care reform begins moving again:

“Sir, very slowly, put that urine sample down!”

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36 comments Add your comment

Rick Cole

February 8th, 2010
12:47 pm

This ad would be funny if it wasn’t so scary. Folks in Britain are living like this today.

King Roy

February 8th, 2010
12:53 pm

After I’m elected…I fully intent to create the same thing here in Georgia.

ATL dawg, ya dig?

February 8th, 2010
12:58 pm

Agreed. When he says – “put the incandescent bulb down,” that’s happening now. It’s a CRIME, yes a CRIME(!!), to have an incandescent bulb in Europe. Some artists, who used old bulbs for their displays, asked for an exception, the EU spokesperson compared incandescent bulbs to LANDMINES. So says Ferran Terradellas, “It’s utterly ludicrous to ask the commission for the sake of art to leave a product on the market that could be dangerous for the environment, health, and the consumer,” said Tarradellas. “Otherwise exceptions could be asked for when an artist wants to use antiperson landmines, enriched plutonium, or CFC.”
More Green Government = More Socialist Control. The Green Nazis. The ECO Cops. This commercial was far from funny. Protect your liberties, people.

I should be working

February 8th, 2010
1:05 pm

I will never buy an Audi!!!!!!!!!!!!

Keith

February 8th, 2010
1:15 pm

Didn’t watch the game, but this spot is great! Reminds you why it’s a good thing we didn’t elect Al Gore

Keith

February 8th, 2010
1:17 pm

Incandescents become illegal in the U.S. in 2012. I’ve been stocking up.

Road Scholar

February 8th, 2010
2:19 pm

The real crime is paying for the extra electricity it takes to power the incadescent bulbs!

Boogers floating in your soup

February 8th, 2010
2:26 pm

Thanks Keith…didnt know that…will begin stockpiling myself.

Trusslady

February 8th, 2010
2:43 pm

What’s really scary is you people don’t give a rat’s patooty about the future. “I got mine, screw everyone else” is the mentally of the backwoods ignorami in this state!

Frank

February 8th, 2010
3:05 pm

http://www.usdebtclock.org/

Here is the real concern for the future. Leftists are always so concerned about protecting the environment for our children, but they continue to sell our children into economic slavery to China and other lenders.

Rob Vinson

February 8th, 2010
3:09 pm

I like diesel engines…

Mike

February 8th, 2010
3:29 pm

When I saw this, I immediately thought “Thank God Al Gore didn’t win!”

Trusslady needs to read the piece by a European priest during WWII, the one that ends, “at the end, when they came for me, there was no one left to speak up.” A government that forces other people to do things that you agree with can force YOU to do things that other people want you to do.

Ed

February 8th, 2010
3:35 pm

This ad sucks! ! It welcomes and encourages a police state! How many of the flourescent type bulbs are mfg in the US? They are coming in from China. If you break one of these bulbs you have a HAZMET situation and there are very specific ways to get rid of the waste. If you break an incandescent bulb, not so much. It costs much more in energy and everything else to make these bulbs in relation to what they “save”. Another dumb-assed way to send our mfg jobs overseas and add taxes to us.

Ryan

February 8th, 2010
3:45 pm

I will never buy an Audi this add is a foretaste of the horror to come if we do not stop these environmental nazis. Everyone should try and take care of their waste but we do not need a green police state. The same billionaires who fund the “green movement” have polluted and got their fortune legalizing pollution. Green taxes will fund a global government who will usurp our sovereignty. Say no and research Climate Gate.

John E. Crash

February 8th, 2010
4:09 pm

Sure it’s foolishness. Until the world is one big trash heap. Then what?

Zinc

February 8th, 2010
4:14 pm

If you don’t think society is sliding toward a nanny police state then you need to keep hiding under that rock. Sorry, but many of the domestic and foreign policies enacted over the past decade has already developed a big brother government mentality.

woodshed guy

February 8th, 2010
4:22 pm

No cars over 5 years age will be allowed on the Interstate Hwys. All homeowners will be required to obtain an inspection of their property for soil pollutions, plumbing inspection, electrical etc. Oh, sure, every 2 years and fees an top of that. If you cannot afford a 5 million dollar auto insurance policy…..you get the drift of what I am saying. Things like this have and will continue to happen if the present way of politicking doesn’t change.

Drew

February 8th, 2010
4:43 pm

I would have thought that the notion that “the left” is responsible for debt would have been debunked by Bush and his Republican Congresses. But no! But at least debt itself could be an actual problem.

In contrast, a ban on a wasteful, obsolete technology – like the incandescent bulb – is not a problem. Reading comments to the contrary is like listening to anti-fluoridation wackos worry over the conspiracy to pollute their precious bodily fluids.

Blasphemy Jones

February 8th, 2010
4:50 pm

God Bless GW and his oedipus complex, being a born-again Christian I’m glad we wasted lives and resources fighting the evil-doers, who needs energy for it says in the bible Gawd will show you the light….

Try Me

February 8th, 2010
5:22 pm

Typical condescending liberal comments here. Everyone who disagrees with our version of big brother is stupid and backwards. The American people are tired of being talked down to, tired of being controlled and tired of our “elites” deciding what is best for the rest of us. Arrogant condescension is might sound good over your latte but it will be a catastrophe at the ballot box.

David S

February 8th, 2010
5:46 pm

I can only hope that the negative response to this deplorable ad hurts Audi in untold ways. Whether it was their intention or not, their implicit support for the eco police state that is overwhelming this and other nations is clear. It is one thing to promote the supposed ecofriendliness of your product, it is another to endorce the fascist approach that government is taking to promoting an agenda that is more about manipulating the economy through regulation to the economic benefit of favored corporations (GE, Al Gore, inc., etc.) than actually promoting policies (such as the free market) that would actually achieve sound environmental action.

David S

February 8th, 2010
5:51 pm

The only thing more disgusting that the clear endorcement of fascism in this ad is the fact that they used Cheap Trick’s outstanding song for their commercial. I will never be able to listen to that song again without being disgusted. Much the same way that Clinton and company forever ruined “Don’t stop thinking about tomorrow.” Of course in that case Fleetwood Mac decided to roll in the scum and the muck with the Clintons and give their whole-hearted support for the regime.

poppa75

February 8th, 2010
5:53 pm

Seems funny that people were worrying about the far right and christians telling them what to do and not it’s PETA and the green people!

Dick Cheney

February 8th, 2010
5:55 pm

Deficits don’t matter.

Unless a democrat is president, then its a crisis!

Drew

February 8th, 2010
6:13 pm

“The American people are tired of being talked down to, tired of being controlled and tired of our “elites” deciding what is best for the rest of us.”

Which is why we need to ban abortion, same-sex marriage, homosexuality in general, and beer, at least on Sunday.

But I’ll be damned if the government stops me from using anything other than a tungsten wire to light my porch!

aaron

February 8th, 2010
6:31 pm

Times are changing, and it is clear by this adds impact that people really are interested in being green. After all, I would much rather have an add like this over one like the Bud light house add that just makes fun of environmentalism. If you want to see this add and a little commentary on the two check out this article by The Greener Truth.
http://thegreenertruth.com/2010/02/this-greenwashed-buds-for-you/

Steve Janke

February 8th, 2010
6:57 pm

Maybe it’s not my place to intrude, since I’m a Canadian, but I thought the last scene was telling. Throughout the commercial, the Green Police run roughshod over Constitutional protections — peering in windows, walking on private property, spot checks…so is this the State exceeding its Constitutional powers? In that last scene, the *police* are arrested by the Green Police. The subtle message is that environmentalism’s goal is to put in place a power structure that would subordinate the Constitution.

Really, I think that last scene tells it all.

http://stevejanke.com/archives/298034.php

MT

February 8th, 2010
7:25 pm

Don’t worry folks, no green interest here in the South. All we care about is football, porn and beer. In 50 years Georgia and Alabama will be huge dumps of toxic waste and your grand children will have webbed feet.

Sic semper tyrannis

February 9th, 2010
12:32 am

I don’t know why all the fuss. Fossil fuels will be made obsolete in 2012 with the invention of an engine that runs on broken political promises.

Steve Fortuna

February 9th, 2010
12:39 am

Okey-dokey. For the few who may be interested, a definition of SATIRE can be found at:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Satire

When reading AJC comments, I often wish a truckload full of Prozac falls into the reservoir system.

Karl Marx

February 9th, 2010
6:23 am

There are those ECO Terrorist out there that are slowly making this a reality. Now they can use the power of the Endangered Species Act to take your home and property. Whats next?

Larry

February 9th, 2010
6:43 am

It is amazing that many columnists are calling the ad a “satire.” A satire is an attack on something of which the author disapproves. In contrast here, Audi’s web page on the Green Police makes clear that the company fully approves of all the efforts of environmentalists around the globe. Audi admits that the ad is a “caricature,” and claims that Gestapo tactics are “humorous.” But Audi’s message is that their car is a way to comply with the Gestapo rather than resist.

bob

February 9th, 2010
9:54 am

The sad truth is that the misinformation Audi put forth in the ad creates environmental and economic harm. The A3 TDi is a great car. Without plastics and foam, it would be an average diesel VW. The plastic parts have replaced significant amounts of metal and the foam parts in the car have provided protection for the occupants and saved significant weight, contributing to the fuel economy. The cost savings from using plastics enbable Audi to put many of the styling elements into the car that differentiate it from the basic VW Golf that it is. Audi could have presented a factual enviromnental message, but chose to target the very materials that enable it’s performance and “greenness” in order to sell cars in the politically sensitive West Coast and North Eastern parts of the country.

William W Lee

February 9th, 2010
12:09 pm

I think it’s an excellent illustration as to how INTRUSIVE the “Environmentalist” want to become.

Wounded Warrior

February 9th, 2010
10:20 pm

I wonder how all of the green police are enjoying the global warming going on around Washington, D.C.? Tree huggers are frauds and Egore Al Gore makes millions @ others’ expense.

Mick Russom

February 10th, 2010
1:40 pm

I’d like to note that the CF bulbs have MURDERCURY I mean Hg/Mercury in them. Any us of these or disposal of is a form of murder. Sorry. LED is the least worst, followed by regular, then Murdercury bulbs should be banned and cause both user and manufacturer to go to jail.

The idiot gestapo checkpoint-line on the highway causes massive idling which is horrible for the environment.

The paper or plastic question is stupid because if someone really cared, they would have a reusable bag, and if its to be against the law why offer the choice?

So far I have an advertisement that likes authoritarianism in a police state, idling cars for bureaucratic reasons and murdercury light bulbs.

It also might be worth noting that composting is probably not that useful if one isn’t cultivating food, and if compost doesn’t rot in the garbage disposal; process, then trash processing needs work.

This advertisement is terrible for alienating anyone intelligent, its terrible a German company loves the green police state and also it promotes murder through murdercury and has many, many environmental issues wrong. What about genetically modified foods? What about BPA, PDBE, bromines, formaldehydes and chlorines in plastic? What about Cadmium, mercury arsenic and antibiotics and pharmaceuticals in the water? What about WATER? The biggest pending problem right now is clean water supply.

This ad is the worst of everything about everything, and anyone liking this ad is a moron.