The environmental group Greenpeace wants the top 100 companies in the United States to declare their opposition to President Bush’s rejection of the Kyoto Protocol on global warming. If they do not reject the position in one week, they “face the consequences” from consumers, institutions and organizations around the world.
WASHINGTON, DC, US, 2001-04-09 <SolarAccess.com> “Will your company support or oppose the efforts of other countries to bring the Kyoto Protocol into force without the USA,” Gerd Leipold of Greenpeace International asks the top 100 companies of the Fortune 500 list. That list contains a large number of oil and coal companies, and is headed by Exxon/Mobil. “President Bush has completely broken his trust with the American people simply to pay back his oil industry campaign contributors,” explains John Passacantando of Greenpeace USA. “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.” Greenpeace also asks the company to state if they support the ratification and entry into force of the Kyoto Protocol, and whether they support Bush in his opposition to the treaty. It also asks if the companies 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. The IPCC report found “new and stronger evidence that most of the observed warming over the last 50 years is attributable to human activities.” “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,” adds 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. Other companies at the top of the list of companies include Wal- Mart Stores, General Motors, Ford Motor, General Electric, IBM, AT&T and Texaco.