GE Returns Billions to Public Coffers... FOR REAL!

[UPDATE: FOUR YEARS LATER, THIS HAPPENS FOR REAL!! CLICK THROUGH FOR DETAILS.] With local, State and Federal governments slashing critical education, health and public safety services nationwide due to dramatic budget cutbacks, GE brought good things to life by offering to return the entirety of its $3.2 billion 2010 tax refund to the Treasury. Even more touching, GE committed to conducting a nationwide survey to gauge popular opinion on which of the recently-enacted budget cuts people would like to see reversed, now possible thanks to GE's generosity. This unprecedented—and completely fictitious—corporate move, was a joint project of US Uncut and the Yes Lab, and caused GE's stock to drop $3.5 billion after it was reported in USA Today.

Coal for the Rich

Students from Columbia College in Chicago came together with Greenpeace and The Yes Lab to create the illusion that a new Coal Plant was planned in Chicago — but that instead of going in a poor neighborhood like the two coal plants that already exist, this one would be built in a rich one.

Coal Cares

Asthma-related bullying! "The Bieber" inhaler! Exploding bat lungs! All that and more brought to you by Coal Cares™ (, a bizarre yet typical public-health initiative by America’s largest coal company to make coal-caused asthma cool with pop-culture kiddie inhalers. A collaboration between the Yes Lab and NGO Coal is Killing Kids, this project went viral and drew spectacular media attention and at least four threats of legal action.

Chevron's $80 million ad campaign gets flushed

Truth in advertising? Chevron's "We Agree" faux-street-art "greenwashing" ad campaign was completely derailed when Rainforest Action Network, Amazon Watch and the Yes Lab created a satirical version of their own. When Chevron's real campaign-launch announcement was preempted with the launch of a much more honest version on Chevron's behalf, a comedy of errors ensued, with many media outlets reporting on Chevron's uncharacteristic self-reflection on its past misdeeds, especially the toxic mess the oil giant has left in Ecuador. A truer-to-life poster and TV ad campaign followed.

Response to legal threat to from Peabody Energy

The following letter has been sent by Coal Is Killing Kids to lawyers for Peabody Energy in response to their threat. (Several threats followed from other coal companies, but we did not bother to answer them.)

Dear Andrew Baum, Foley Lardner LLP, and Peabody Energy,

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Making Asthma Cool: Not Coal Industry Priority After All

May 10, 2011

Tackling Childhood Asthma Not Coal Industry Priority After All
No more My Little Pony inhalers in stock

     Contact:, (314) 472-5539

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Coal plant to be built in wealthy Chicago neighborhood?

April 28, 2011

Lindsey Dietzler, 773.554.0085,
The Yes Lab,

New Coal Plant in the South Loop? Not So Much.
Elaborate Stunt Draws Attention to Need for Cleaner Energy Sources, and Midwest Gen’s Dirty Record in Chicago

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US Uncut + the Yes Lab: GE Returns Billions to Public... NOT

April 13, 2011

Duncan Meisel 512-657-9124
Carl Gibson 601-454-6443
The Yes Lab

Enbridge's Hair Hoax Exposed

March 15, 2011

Group responsible offers free haircuts at Enbridge HQ at noon

Earlier today, the world learned of oil transport giant Enbridge’s strategy for handling inevitable oil spills along its proposed pipeline through pristine British Columbian wilderness: mop it up with human hair.

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Lead a wheatpaste team

Do you live in the United States? Would you like to lead a postering team in your community, to wheat-paste some of these posters all over the place?

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