- April 5 - Greenpeace today gave the top 100 U.S. companies one week to
declare their opposition to President Bush's rejection of the Kyoto
Protocol, the international agreement on global warming, or face the
consequences from concerned consumers, institutions and organizations around the
Greenpeace wrote to the CEOs of the top 100 American companies on the newly
published Fortune 500 list, which is now led by Exxon/Mobil.
Exxon/Mobil and other American oil and coal companies are seen globally as the
chief architects behind the Bush administration’s policy on global warming,
pushing the U.S. President to reverse his campaign promise to limit carbon
dioxide emissions from power plants, as well as to walk away from the Kyoto
"President Bush has completely broken his trust with the American people
simply to pay back his oil industry campaign contributors. It is time to
determine just which companies will choose to go down with Bush and suffer
the global outrage for undermining efforts to stop global warming," said
John Passacantando, Executive Director of Greenpeace. "Greenpeace aims to
help citizens around the world find out whose side these companies are on," he
The letter, available on-line, asked the
- Does your company support the ratification and entry into force of the Kyoto Protocol?
- Does your company support President Bush in his opposition to this Protocol?
- Will your company support or oppose the efforts of other countries to bring the Kyoto Protocol into force without the United States?
- Does your company accept the Third Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change as the scientific basis for action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, particularly carbon dioxide emissions from the burning of coal, oil, and gas?
"A wide range of national governments have already condemned the Bush
administration for caving in to oil, coal and gas interests and from the
deluge of mail and phone calls we’ve been receiving, we know we need to help an
outraged public," said Passacantando.
Greenpeace believes that the ratification and implementation of the Kyoto
Protocol is an essential, but minimal, first step toward the prevention of
dangerous climate change. The world community is aiming to get the Kyoto
Protocol ratified and in force by the Rio+10 Earth Summit in September 2002 in
Johannesburg, South Africa.