This wasn't the first time that Dow
Chemicals was had by the notorious, well-meaning 'The Yes Men'.
Exactly two years before Friday's hoax, December 3, 2002 saw an
email press release sent out by Dow-Chemical.com, explaining why, despite legal
investigations consistently pinpointing Union Carbide Corporation (UCC) as the
culprit, Dow and UCC had always refused responsibility for the Bhopal disaster.
The release received shocked responses before a legal notice shut
them down two days later, along with all the other websites on the ISP that
The release said Dow could not acknowledge
responsibility because, "if we did, not only would we be required to expend many
billions of dollars on cleanup and compensation — much worse, the public
could then point to Dow as a precedent in other big cases.
responsibility; why can't you?' Amoco, BP, Shell, and Exxon all have ongoing
problems that would just get much worse. We are unable to set this precedent for
ourselves and the industry, much as we would like to see the issue resolved in a
humane and satisfying way."
'The Yes Men' claim they are in the
business of identity correction. They see themselves as a group of honest people
who impersonate their idea of big-time criminals — leaders and big
corporations who put profits in front of everything else — in order to
publicly humiliate them. All for public good.