Exxon Drills into YOUR Wallet November 08, 2005 5:46 PM
Dear Pat,08 November 2005
I, like so many of you, have been appalled by what I've seen at gas stations and on the news in recent months. At gas pumps across the country, Americans have been watching prices climb, and their wallets shrink. That's why a couple of weeks ago, when the world's largest oil company, ExxonMobil, announced record-breaking profits, it got everyone's attention - including Congress'.
TOMORROW, Congress is holding hearings against Exxon and the rest of the oil industry for possible price gouging.
Take Action! Tell YOUR Senators what you think about Exxon's profits.
In fact, Exxon's profits exceeded the gross domestic product of several oil producing nations, including Kuwait, Libya and Qatar. Exxon made a profit of nearly this quarter, and got another windfall from Bush's $14.5 BILLION in tax breaks and incentives for the energy industry. In short, ExxonMobil has made the highest quarterly profit earnings in U.S. history, but it hasn't spent a dime on alternative energy.
At a time when the average American is unsure how to pay for increased heating costs this winter, Exxon's red-hot profits are a slap in the face. Worse yet, they're a kick in the teeth for average fisherman in Alaska, who still have not received the $5 billion dollars awarded to them by a court of law following the Exxon Valdez spill in 1989. What's Exxon's excuse?
Exxon's behavior is greedy, and it's time for Congress to put a stop to it.
Greenpeace Energy Campaigner
Last week, I witnessed one of the greatest scenes of my Greenpeace career, and I have you to thank for it. More than took place in cities and towns across the country, by people from all walks of life with one common purpose: to stop Kimberly-Clark from destroying ancient forests.
Activists placed mock clearcuts in busy pedestrian malls, staffed information tables at schools and universities, and adopted small-town grocery stores - all to raise awareness and to pressure Kimberly-Clark to stop wiping away ancient forests. And that was just the beginning. In California, Rohini organized university students at CSU Fullterton. But she doesn't go to school there - she's in high school! And then there was the "Mom's Protest," in Williamsburg, Virginia. Cheryl organized the event to celebrate her daughter's birthday (our very own forest campaigner, Ginger!). Students in Athens, Georgia called company board members outside of a "forest crimes scene" with caution tape and oversized photos of Kimberly-Clark clearcuts.
Of course, with all of these great grassroots activities going on across the country, I knew we had to do something extra special - I mean, we're supposed to be the pros! So here in our San Francisco office, we filled a public square with toilet bowls, and stuffed artificial trees down them to demonstrate how Kimberly-Clark is flushing ancient forests down the toilet.
I want to thank you all for making our Day of Action so effective. But the battle isn't over, and there's still more you can do.
Take Action! Please take just a moment today to call the CEO of Kimberly-Clark, and make sure he gets the message: Don't blow ancient forests on disposable tissue.
Make a Donation! Kimberly-Clark is the world's largest manufacturer of tissue products. If we're going to tackle this corporate giant, we need your h
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November 08, 2005 5:47 PM
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John Hocevar - Greenpeace Oceans Campaigner
"Over several decades, the U.S. military dumped millions of pounds of weapons of mass destruction into the ocean. Enormous amounts of mustard gas, nuclear material, high explosives and chemical weapons were dropped into waters near Europe, Japan and the Philippines. In the U.S., weapons were dumped all up and down our Atlantic, Pacific and Gulf of Mexico coasts.
"It's all going to leak into the environment.
"Unless, that is, the Army starts taking responsibility for its mess. As it is now, they haven't looked at any of these sites since the '70s, and have no plans to recover anything."
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