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Earth Action, 9/28/05: The Bulletin for Environmental Activists September 28, 2005 12:53 PM

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NRDC's EARTH ACTION:
The Bulletin for Environmental Activists

September 28, 2005
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In This Issue:

--Action Alerts--

Tell ExxonMobil to come clean on global warming

Plus: 
After Katrina: New Solutions for Safe Communities and a Secure Energy Future

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You will also find these alerts in NRDC'S Earth Action Center, which includes
tools for taking action easily online, at http://www.nrdc.org/action

(Please do not reply to this message; see the instructions below for how to
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Action Alerts
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Tell ExxonMobil to come clean on global warming

The events of the past few weeks have given us a glimpse at how natural
disasters can upset our lives, and demonstrated the need to find ways to
minimize the number of future tragedies. Scientists agree that warmer
temperatures resulting from global warming pollution can cause rising sea
levels, increasing storm intensity, droughts and heat waves, all with serious
consequences to our health and our economy. Two new reports show that
hurricanes over the past 30 years have become more intense and more destructive
due to warmer sea surface temperatures.

But an ExxonMobil-funded organization has used this moment to deny the
existence of global warming, and to advance its policy agenda of protecting
corporate profits rather than human life. The National Center for Policy
Analysis recently released a report arguing that it is "socially efficient and
more economic" to adapt to global warming than to take measures to stop it. The
NCPA is one of many organizations that has benefited from the $15 million
ExxonMobil has contributed to such groups to undermine mainstream scientific
findings and confuse the public. Coming in the wake of two destructive Gulf
Coast hurricanes and the massive toll they continue to take on human life,
public health and the economy, the irony of this report is hard to miss.

As the largest corporation in the world, ExxonMobil would be far more
responsible if it used its immense wealth to help wean our country off fossil
fuels. As Americans are feeling the pain of $3.00-per-gallon gasoline,
ExxonMobil could be using its political influence and some of its $7.6 billion
in profits from the last quarter to reduce our dependence on oil by supporting
higher fuel economy standards and investing in renewable fuels.

== What to do ==
Tell ExxonMobil to disavow the NCPA report and to stop funding front groups
that spread disinformation about global warming.

== Contact information ==
You can send a message to ExxonMobil CEO Lee Raymond directly from NRDC's Earth
Action Center at http://www.nrdcaction.org/action/index.asp?step=2&item=53059/.
Or use the contact information and sample letter below to send your own message.

Lee R. Raymond, CEO
Exxon Mobil Corporation
5959 Las Colinas Boulevard
Irving, Texas 75039-2298
Email:  lee.r.raymond@exxonmobil.com

== Sample letter ==

Subject:  Disavow the NCPA global warming report

Dear Mr. Raymond,

As the economic damage assessments from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita continue to
rise, it is unconscionable that an organization funded by ExxonMobil would use
this moment to advance a policy agenda designed to protect corporate profits,
not human life.

I urge you to disavow the report recently released by the National Center for
Policy Analysis, an organization to which ExxonMobil gave $315,000 over the
past seven years, and to stop funding front groups that spread global warming
disinformation. The NCPA report argues that policies designed to cut global
warming pollution condemn thousands to poverty, disease and even death. It is
hard to miss the irony of this report, coming in the wake of Hurricane Katrina
and the massive toll it continues to have on human life, public health and the
economy.

Scientists agree that the world is warming from global warming pollution and
with warmer temperatures we will see rising sea levels, increasing storm
intensity, droughts and heat waves, all with serious consequences to our health
and our economy. While it would be irresponsible to cite global warming as the
cause of any single weather event, it would be equally irresponsible to ignore
the scientific evidence and models that warn us of the changes that are
occurring to our climate. We also must adopt an energy policy that uses
cleaner, smarter, more efficient technologies that don't jeopardize public
health or future generations.

I again urge you to disavow and stop funding organizations like the National
Center for Policy Analysis that use ExxonMobil's money to sow confusion and
disinformation about global warming. With Americans feeling the pain of $3.00-
per-gallon gasoline, it would be far better to use your political influence and
some of the $7.6 billion in profits you made in the last quarter to reduce our
dependence on oil by supporting higher fuel economy standards and investing in
renewable fuels.

Sincerely,

[Your name and address]

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 September 28, 2005 12:53 PM

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After Katrina: New Solutions for Safe
Communities and a Secure Energy Future
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The devastation and human suffering left behind by Hurricane Katrina has given
America an enormous task -- the challenge of rebuilding one of its major
cities. NRDC has just released a report representing the combined efforts of
our best experts on public health, toxic waste, urban design, coastal
protection, energy security and global warming. Together they offer up a set of
policies and practices to protect the safety and well-being of Gulf Coast
residents -- and all Americans -- today, during the recovery period and onward
into a healthier, more sustainable future:
http://www.nrdc.org/legislation/hk/contents.asp

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