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Jason Donofrio,
Arizona PIRG

As Arizona Gas Prices Increase, ‘Mad Men’ Make Pitch for High Speed Rail

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Two lead actors from the hit television show Mad Men throw their support behind high-speed rail in a humorous new online video posted today on Funnyordie.com.

The actors worked with the Arizona Public Interest Research Group (Arizona PIRG) and U.S. PIRG to develop the video in conjunction with the popular online video site as a way to reach new audiences and build excitement for high-speed rail projects around the country.

“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.”

The video is set in the offices of a fictitious 60’s-era advertising agency, as the two make their best pitch for high-speed rail.

As “Harry” tells “Pete” in the video, “America always makes the right investments. Trains are the most efficient, most economical, best investment.”

“But, honestly, I think you can relax on this whole thing.  I read that in 40 years, gas is going to be almost a dollar a gallon,” he adds. 

The video comes at a time when gas prices are surging in Arizona, nearing $3.50 across the state.
 
“Passenger rail saves oil and gives people a more efficient alternative to the hassles of flying and driving,” said Serena Unrein, Public Interest Advocate for Arizona PIRG.  “Even 40 years ago it would have been a no-brainer.”

Click here to watch Mad Fast Trains.

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