INTERNATIONAL NEWS: UK group joins Greenpeace crusade against USoil firms

LONDON: Environmental group Friends of the Earth UK (FoE) has

joined Greenpeace's campaign to harm global sales for US oil companies

by calling for a boycott of ExxonMobil.



Celebrities, including Bianca Jagger, will appear in print and broadcast

advertising by FoE calling on consumers to withhold their business from

the world's largest energy company. FoE said the goal of the boycott is

for ExxonMobil to become more responsive to environmental issues and to

develop renewable energy resources.



The FoE boycott is the latest turn in Greenpeace's month-old campaign to

harm global markets for the major US oil companies. The group wants the

companies to withdraw their support of the United States' rejection of

the Kyoto Protocol, which seeks to limit global warming by reducing

carbon dioxide emissions.



Communications officers at US oil companies have called the Greenpeace

campaign counterproductive. Kristi DesJarlais, spokesperson for Phillips

66, said the company has no plans to respond. 'They are telling us we

need to go against what the US government is saying,' she

criticized.



Greenpeace media officer Susan Cavanagh said that rather than

boycotting, Greenpeace will concentrate on a campaign to inform the

public of the companies' environmental stands.



Oil companies, however, say Greenpeace is stifling environmental debate.

In an official statement to PRWeek, ExxonMobil said Green-peace's

actions would be ineffective in changing US government policy and that

the Kyoto Protocol was 'seriously flawed.'



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