Greenpeace Takes a Stand on U.S. Energy Policy

Greenpeace activists protested the United States national energy policy in front of the U.S. Capital Wednesday when they erected three mock Exxon oil rigs in the Reflecting Pool with banners reading “Don’t RIG Our Energy Future” and “Stop Global Warming: Clean Energy Now!”

WASHINGTON, D.C. 2002-03-05 [] The activity marks the international environmental group’s first nonviolent direct action in Washington, D.C. since the tragic events of September 11, 2001. The Senate was scheduled to begin debating the nation’s energy policy late last week – a policy many environmentalists believe is the result of big oil payoffs. “The Senate must reject the White House energy agenda and craft a bill that prioritizes clean, Renewable Energy solutions that solve global warming and promote energy security and clean jobs,” said Kert Davies, Greenpeace Climate Campaign Coordinator. “The White House is using divisive rhetoric on energy security to hide what’s really on its wish list – big payoffs for polluting energy corporations like Exxon Mobil.” The Senate debate now centers on Sen. Tom Daschle’s (D-ND) energy bill. The White House energy plan, as spelled-out in the Republican backed House energy bill (HR 4) that passed in August, tallied at least US$30 billion to oil, gas, coal and nuclear power companies. The bill would put relatively little funding toward clean energy technologies like wind and solar power and energy efficiency. While the Daschle Bill as presently drafted, also contains billions of dollars in payouts and legislative breaks for oil, coal, nuclear power industries and electric utilities, it also does much more than either the House bill or Bush plan to promote clean energy technologies “Responsible leaders would give the American people a chance to choose clean energy as means to achieve energy security,” Davies said. “Any plan that doesn’t spark massive clean energy development is just a recipe for an unstable, insecure energy future and worse global warming.”
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