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
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.'