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APRIL 5, 2001
4:40 PM
CONTACT:  Greenpeace USA
Kert Davies, Greenpeace Global Warming Campaign Director, 202-319-2455
Kymberly Escobar, News Desk, 202-319-2494.
Greenpeace Urges U.S. Businesses To Reject Bush Reversal On Global Warming
WASHINGTON - 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 world.

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 Protocol.

"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 continued.

The letter, available on-line, asked the companies:

  • 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.


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