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.