NRDC’s “Exaggerator” Video Takes on Polluters’ Wild Claims about Proposed Clean Water Rule

WASHINGTON (November 12, 2014) – The Natural Resources Defense Council launched a video campaign today taking a comic jab at big corporate polluters’ hyperbolic claims about the proposed Clean Water Protection Rule, which is intended to restore protections for waterways that help supply drinking water for more than 100 million Americans.

The 2-minute video called “The Exaggerator,” features comedian Ted Travelstead from Vines’ “Twins Talking.”

In the ad, launched on youtube, Travelstead makes a series of unsubstantiated claims about the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rule, such as calling it “the biggest land grab in the history of any governmental agency in the history of mankind, really,” and “they can regulate every single drop of water that hits the ground.”

Jon Devine, senior attorney in the Water Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council, says, “Contaminated water is no laughing matter, as we've seen this year in West Virginia and Toledo.  But industrial polluters’ ridiculous attacks on the president’s clean water plan to protect our nation’s wetlands, lakes and streams deserve a good mocking.  Now we need to get serious about moving forward and restoring safeguards for the waterways we all cherish and depend on.”

Read more about this video and issue at Jon’s blog:



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