Almost as if to throw dirt in the face of Republicans rejecting federal funds for high speed rail comes a quite hilarious video starring two of the actors from the AMC TV series, Mad Men. In an effort to bolster public support for high-speed rail projects across the country, the Mad Men characters teamed up with U.S. PIRG to produce the short clip, which you can view below.
The video pokes fun at the notion that the ad agency would ever have to sell the idea of high speed rail to anyone, considering its obvious benefits. It’s ironic timing, considering the announcements we’ve seen over the last few weeks from newly seated Republican governors who seem bent on quashing Obama’s plan to have 80% of Americans connected by high speed rail in 25 years.
“It’s a simple pitch – high-speed rail saves oil and gives people a more efficient alternative to the hassles of flying and driving,” said Phineas Baxandall, senior tax and budget analyst for U.S. PIRG. “Even 40 years ago it would have been a no-brainer.”
“I am delighted to have worked with U.S. PIRG on this project to raise awareness about high-speed rail,” said Vincent Kartheiser, who plays Pete Campbell on the hit show. “Despite all of the actions I take to reduce my carbon footprint, I am a terrible polluter because I fly so many miles. High-speed rail is more efficient, convenient, and environmentally responsible than flying or driving.”