Kyoto debate rages on in press, public and political arena despiteUS pull-out

BONN, GERMANY: The US may have pulled out of the Kyoto agreement,

but that hasn't stopped politicians, protesters, and energy companies

from banging the drum about their own messages.

"This debate is between governments, not corporations," said Sarah

Howell, director of environment and corporate communications at BP

Amoco. While governments argue, she said, BP Amoco has meanwhile

"committed to reducing emissions to 10% below 1990 levels, and has

already reduced them by 5%."

BP belongs to two pro-environmental action committees operated by

Environmental Defense and the Pew Center on Global Climate Change.

Three weeks ago, Cinergy, Deutsche Telekom, and John Hancock Financial

Services added their names to Pew.

Pew president Eileen Claussen told PRWeek that while the US government

had rejected the Kyoto agreement, the issue was still very hot on the

Hill. "There are three hearings now in the Senate, and that has been

propelled by the amount of stories."

Many of these lobbyists have been visiting editorial boards around the

country. Elliott Negin, Washington, DC-based communications director for

the National Resources Defense Council, concluded that most journalists

did not need to be persuaded of the scientific evidence connecting gas

emissions to global warming.

However, Carma International research found that by last Tuesday, five

papers, including USA Today and The Wall Street Journal, had come out in

favor of Bush, while The New York Times and three others were


- See Editorial, p. 8.

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