Hyundai’s hilarious “carbon-free” car commercial

Anthony Watts Meteorologist and Climate Blogger
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We’ve seen a lot of stupid videos lately, such as the 10:10 fiasco of blowing up school children because they were ambivalent about reducing their carbon footprint. Now, we are treated to a “behind-the-scenes” video of how Hyundai shot a commercial for a gasoline-powered car, using no gasoline and leaving no carbon footprint. There’s all sorts of clever human-powered props, and the whole set resembles some sort of Rube Goldberg contraption. But the real punch line is: they had some guys push the car to get it going for one scene.

Honestly, I don’t see the point. It seems beyond ridiculous to make a zero carbon footprint commercial for cars that use gasoline. Note all the trucks, rentals, and equipment vans surrounding the commercial shoot. How did all those get there? Pedal power? Watch this video:

Here’s another video aptly titled “Creating the illusion”:

And yet another on the alternative power sources:

Nice, but the thing that makes this a candidate for the FAIL blog is this: transporting all this equipment to the shoot couldn’t be done “carbon free.”

If they really wanted to create an “illusion,” you’d think they would have had the good sense to keep the U-haul and Ryder rental trucks out of the video scenes. But when you are on a mission, details like this apparently don’t matter. On the plus side, at least they didn’t blow up anything or anyone.

Here’s the final product, the actual commercial:

[h/t to Tom Nelson]

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